El Día de los Muertos on November 2nd is an important religious holiday in many places throughout the Americas, mainly originating and celebrated in Mexico. Also called all souls day, it is a an occasion marked by festive celebrations to honor the dead. Cemeteries are cleaned and decorated, special food and candies cooked, and home altars are designed in homage to one's ancestors. It is a day of joyous remembrance, not of sadness. The special songs, poems, food, toys and décor created for El Día de Los Muertos reflect this outlook.