Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is celebrated throughout Mexico and many other Latin American countries and countries with a large Latino population. The holiday typically begins October 31 and continues through November 2. Although the festival is best known for the skull and skeleton imagery used in Mexican celebrations, it is far from morbid. Whimsical skeletons are depicted dancing and playing instruments, and skulls are brightly painted with flowers. Filled with vibrant color, music and food, Día de los Muertos is a way of honoring and remembering loved ones who have passed on — a festival that children are easily drawn to.

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