3. It really is a party at the graveyard
While it’s all about remembering those who aren’t with us, the Day of the Dead is definitely not a downer... it just happens to take place in a cemetery. Everyone tucks into special food and tells jokes and funny stories about the deceased. Bands often stroll from grave to grave, playing serenades of favorite songs (unless those songs are by Journey). Bigger cities or towns famous for their celebrations also schedule public events beyond the cemetery, such as parades, concerts, dance performances, and more.
4. Graves become works of art
Families typically clean and decorate graves for the holiday. San Andrés Mixquic, part of Mexico City, is famous for its celebrations, especially on the last day, when people create intricate patterns out of carpets of flowers. In a candle-lit procession called the Alumbrada, visitors stroll through the cemetery to admire the creations and pay respects.