The Day of the Dead combines the ancient Aztec custom of celebrating

ancestors with All Souls' Day, a holiday brought to Mexico by Spanish conquistadors in the early 15th century.

Celebrated primarily on November 1 and 2 in Mexico, this holiday is like a family

reunion—except the departed ancestor is the guest of honor. Day of the Dead is a joyful

time that helps people remember and celebrate the memory of the dead.

First, people place altars with candles in their homes so that the spirits can find their way back to their relatives.

The altar also offers some of the deceased's favorite foods - if they are hungry.

Objects that were important to their ancestors during their lifetime,

such as a favorite book or musical instrument, are also placed on the altar.