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In most regions of Mexico November 1 is to honor children and infants, whereas deceased adults are honored on November 2.

El Día de los Muertos celebrations in Mexico can be traced back to the indigenous cultures dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to a goddess called Mictecacihuatl

How to Celebrate Día de los Muertos - in case you have never done it. I fell in love with this celebration of loved ones who have passed on and now we celebrate it every year. It is not a day to mourn, but rather a day to remember and celebrate loved ones, with their photos, their fave foods etc ... on your offrenda (altar/offering).

✯ Day of the Dead Altar - we used to go to Terlingua, TX for this.

Décor of Zé e Zilda house, antique wooden “oratório” typical of local catholic homes showing symbols of prayer, candles and recycled materials.

Traditions connected to "Dia De Los Muertos" include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds and the favorite foods & beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.

Vanessa Valencia City house 29 by A Fanciful Twist, via Flickr

One of the most amazing Day of The Dead Altars I have ever seen ~ Ohio Witch on Tumblr

Guadalupe Altar outside the home of a fisherman on the Pacific coast of Guerrero, Mexico

you MUST visit this artist's Flickr stream if you are interested in altars...

shrine - oh my godness, that's mine, what a thing to stumble upon it on pinterest :) Fun!