Day of the dead, or "El dia de los Muertos" is celebrated in Mexico, some other Spanish-speaking countries, and by Americans of Mexican descent.
El dia de los Muertos dates back 2,500 to 3,000 years ago when the original Mexican people would commemorate the deaths of their ancestors. Ancient celebrations could last an entire month, but the modern-day celebration occurs over a 3-day period with the main being November 2nd.
They go to the grave sites, with intentions of honoring the dead and sometimes they visit, talk to the dead, or clean the grave sites . They might also share stories or try to communicate with the deceased.
El dia de los Muertos is very similar to Halloween because they both are related to the remembrance of the dead and the afterlife. They also both use symbols to represent the dead.
So, should you wear a Day of the Dead costume for halloween? Absolutely not!
Day of the Dead "looks" may seem like halloween costumes, but they are not. Participants are remembering their own deceased loved ones.