Local time on Tuesday is El Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. This is an ancient festival of Mexican indigenous communities. It is a festival to celebrate the death and deceased relatives and to help the living reconnect with the dead.It is not so much a mourning event as it is to celebrate death as part of the life cycle, so as to eliminate people’s fear of death. In addition, this festival often becomes a source of comfort and community.
The celebrations traditionally feature gatherings, where family members pray and commemorate the relatives and friends who have passed away and help them complete their spiritual journey. Homes and cemeteries will be decorated with colorful ofrendas or altars, which will be decorated with orange Mexican marigolds, sugar skulls and burning candles.
Google also joined the celebration of this holiday on Tuesday, with graffiti showing a family member paved a road of marigold petals for their dead relatives and let them go home. The altar is surrounded by food and photos and souvenirs of the deceased relatives.
It is reported that the root of the Day of the Dead lies in the Aztec Empire, but this festival has spread all over the world and has been absorbed by various cultures that hope to commemorate the dead with joy rather than sadness.