All who have died for whatever reason are remembered and even celebrated on November 1 and 2, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a fusion of Catholic and indigenous traditions. Death is not mourned on these days but the lives of the deceased are celebrated. In the cemeteries, they are toasted with tequila and mariachi music. Their favorite things are displayed in home altars.
I have been in Mexico for Día de los Muertos celebrations. The iconic imagery of the calavera, or skeleton, also is celebrated in the United States. This slideshow I created in memory of los muertos includes photos from Mexico, Chicago and New York.