Dia de los Muertos, or "Day of the Dead," is a holiday celebrated throughout much of Latin America on Nov. 1 each year. The holiday, which originates in Mexico, features elaborate, decorative skulls and skeletons.
Dia de los Muertos is a celebration of death as a part of life. Participants seek to celebrate the dead by doing the sorts of activities the dead would have enjoyed during life, rather than mourning them in a sad and sombre fashion. Sugar skulls, brightly decorated sugar confections shaped like skulls, are one of the most commonly recognized features of Dia de los Muertos, similar to how carved pumpkins are associated with Halloween. Although the Day of the Dead takes place one day before Halloween, the two occasions are distinct from one another.