Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead) is one of the brightest and most distinctive holidays in Mexico. Its roots go back to the pagan beliefs of the indigenous peoples of the country and go back several millennia.
For example, in the life of the Aztecs and Maya, the cult of Death and rituals dedicated to the veneration of dead ancestors occupied a special place. These traditions were so strong that they not only continued after the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors and the Catholic Church on the American continent, but also organically integrated into the modern life of people.
In 2003, UNESCO noted the uniqueness of this holiday, assigning it a special status and including it in the list of intangible cultural heritage.