The Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is widely celebrated in Latin American countries, particularly in Mexico, with fond remembrances of family members who have passed on.
The festival coincides with All Saint's Day and All Soul's Day traditions and it is one of the deep-rooted traditions in Mexico celebrated by millions of people.
Families across Mexico gather in cemeteries and public squares to honour their deceased loved ones in traditional costumes and makeup. It is believed that the dead can return from the underworld and mingle again with their families for 24 hours.
The celebrations begin on 1 November with the Day of the Innocents, a day which is celebrated to honour departed children. The festival ends with the Day of the Dead on 2 November, which is for grown-ups or adults.
In 2008, Unesco declared this festival as a major cultural tradition in Mexico.