Mexico’s colourful traditions pay tribute to The Day of the Dead.
Nov 1, 2012
The annual holiday known as El Día de los Muertos—or The Day of the Dead—dates back to the 16th century, when the Spanish invaded the area now known as Mexico. Aztecs, Mayans and other indigenous cultures who had traditionally honoured their dead during a month-long period at the end of summer gradually fused their rituals with the Spanish holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, which fall on the first two days of November. Today El Día de los Muertos remains a major holiday in Mexico and in various other regions of North, Central and South America.