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.