El Dia de los Muertos, a Mexican celebration, is believed that the spirit of the dead visit their families on October 31 and leave on November 2. To celebrate, the families go to cemeteries to be with the souls of the departed and build altars and place ofrendas of food, candles, incense, yellow marigolds (sometimes called Flor de Muerto (Flower of Dead). They're thought to attract souls of the dead to the offerings) and most importantly a photo of the departed soul is placed on the altar. The intent is to encourage visits by the souls, so the souls will hear the prayers and the comments of the living directed to them.
I'm not mexican nor do I celebrate this tradition but it sure would be an honor to know that I'd be celebrated long after I'm gone, don't you think?
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