What is the Day of the Dead?

It's definitely not Halloween!


El Día De Los Muertos  (The Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday celebrated all over the world beginning Oct. 31 and ending on Nov. 2. This year in the United States, the Day of the Dead is seemingly everywhere with colorful sugar skulls and skeletons being sold by major retailers, and a new animated Pixar movie, "Coco," that prominently features the holiday.

Although it may appear similar to Halloween, these holidays are vastly different. Instead of focusing on fears and frights, the Day of the Dead is a celebration of life that centers on families gathering together to remember their dead, and inviting them briefly back into their lives.

Below are two short videos that explain more.


This short film about a little girl who visits the land of the dead was made by students at Ringling College of Art and Design as their senior thesis.