5 Day of the Dead Symbols and Their History

Day of the Dead in Mexico: What the Celebration Is Really About

The Day of the Dead, or Dia de Muertos in Spanish, is a public holiday celebrated each year from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 mainly in Mexico. Although the name initially can seem a bit sinister, the holiday is really meant to honor the dead and show respect for family members who have passed. As a celebration, the Day of the Dead entwines elaborate images in bright colors with themes such as skulls and alters. Here’s a closer look at the holiday as well as its history and symbolic meanings.