El Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) is a celebration of death and life, of community, family, work, tradition and ritual. Its origins can be traced back at least 3,000 years and combine indigenous rituals with Catholicism (brought to the region by Spanish conquistadores). It is a time for families and friends to celebrate and commemorate loved ones who have passed.
The celebration continues to be observed as one of the most important traditions in Mexico, and rather than being filled with mourning and sorrow, Day of the Dead is a commemoration of the life of people, their memories, their achievements, and their impact on the coming generations.
In 2008, the tradition was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.