According to tradition, on the Day of the Dead the heavens open, and departed souls return to earth, briefly.

Every year, Mexicans gather in cemeteries to remember their departed family members, in a celebration that is the country’s most important fiesta.

According to tradition, the heavens open, and the souls of the dead come back to earth.

It is not just one day. In fact, it’s a two-day celebration that is traditionally observed on November 1 and 2,

families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drinks and even toys at altars

It is marked as a celebration rather than a sombre affair, a time when the living and the dead are believed to connect.

It is a national holiday in Mexico, but it is also celebrated throughout Latin America, Spain, the Philippines and parts of the United States.