The Day of the Dead is observed on October 31st and the 1st and 2nd of November, as celebrations of All Saints and All Souls Days. It is believed that the souls of the departed return during those nights to visit family and
friends and enjoy the offerings at the altar.
The celebration has its origins in the pre-Hispanic era, as seen by offerings from this historic period -
marigolds, copal, textiles, and traditional dishes. Since colonial times, a mixture of indigenous and Catholic beliefs resulted in strong religious and
cultural syncretism. The candles, religious images, and bread are examples of this mixture of cultures.
Today, elements such as Catrinas and skeletons
represent the influences of the Mexican Revolution and modern cultural expressions that cross borders, just like Santa Ana's own local culture. El
Altar de Muertos is an opportunity to remember and honor, our loved ones in a dignified way.