During the first two days of November, Mexicans everywhere observe the Day of the Dead. Just the name, Day of the Dead, brings up images of skulls and zombies, but the Day of the Dead—which is actually three days culminating on November 2nd—is one of the most popular holidays in Mexico. And it is a day when family members remember and honor their loved ones who have passed on.
In the weeks leading up to the Day of the Dead, the markets all over Mexico fill up with unique, seasonal treats like pan de muerto, sugar skulls, candles and colorful flowers like the traditional cempasúchil, (marigolds). These are some of the supplies one needs to put together offerings at home and decorate gravesites, all part of the tradition.