El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a holiday that originated in Mexico but is celebrated throughout Latin America and other cultures around the world. The holiday focuses on remembering and honoring friends and family members who have died. It is a festive and loving ritual, full of joy and remembrance. Although the official holiday is November 2, people often begin preparing for the celebration several days or weeks ahead of time. In traditional Mexican culture, the celebration includes building alters with pictures and artifacts of the deceased, and even food offerings they once enjoyed! Traditionally, candles are lit to welcome the spirits back to their alters.