In Southern California, Dia De Los Muertos community altars and events are hosted in public venues, parks, neighborhoods, churches and cemeteries October 28 – November 5. The holiday is celebrated November 1st and 2nd throughout Latin America. Families gather privately to observe the holiday and commune with loved ones at gravesites and at home. Home altars welcome loved ones and ancestors’ on these special days. Altars often include photos of deceased loved ones, their favorite and traditional sugar skulls called calaveras, food, drinks, mementos, candles, marigolds and other flowers.
The iconic Dia de los Muertos marigold (Tagetes Erecta), known as the Mexican or Aztec marigold, is the sacred flower of the Day of the Dead holiday. It is said to have mystical properties.