El Dia de los Muertos on November 2nd is an important religious holiday in many places thoughout the Americas, mainly originating and celebrated in Mexico. Also called all souls day, it is a an occasion marked by fetive celebrations to honor the dead. Cemeteries are cleaned and decorated, special food and candies cooked, and home altars are designed in honage to one's ancestors. It is a day of joyous remmebrance, not of sadness. The special songs, poems, food, toys and decor created for El Dia de Los Muetos reflect this outlook.
The Dance of the Devils is part of the ceremonial commemoration of the dead. It is a celebration of colonial origin, which was introduced by the black people of the Costa Chica of Guerrero and Oaxaca, who were brought there as slaves by the Spanish colonizers to work in mines, cotton plantations and cattle ranches. Devils are the dead who revive to do mischief, to steal, to sow fear and laughter. The dance could also be called the ‘Devil’s Game’, a game designed to laugh at the forbidden.