There are many interesting traditions in Mexico; In each town, each region there are different customs that increase the richness of Mexican culture.
The Day of the Dead is one of the oldest and most important traditions of Mexico. It is a celebration of pre-Hispanic origin that honors the dead.
During the pre-Columbian era, the cult of death was present in different indigenous peoples of Mexico. Pre-Hispanic cultures shared the belief that the soul entity that gives consciousness to the human being, when he dies, continues his way in the world of the dead.
Dia de los Muertos is a celebration where the living meet the dead. Only on that date can the souls of the dead "return" to live with their loved ones.
It is a unique date where gastronomy, music, family importance and all Mexican culture in general are combined.
The main days of the celebration are November 1 and 2, but preparations begin many weeks before. During those days people visit their loved ones in the cemeteries and prepare altars with food, tools, candles, photographs and flowers to remember them.
The beauty and complexity of the Day of the Dead has received attention from around the world, and in 2008, UNESCO named it Intangible Heritage of Humanity.