Today is Dia de Muertos here in Mexico. Read more here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Dead – a rather sweet tradition. Families remember their deceased family members by constructing ofrendas or altars/shrines. The marigold flower fits prominently into the decoration, a photo of the deceased and items that s/he enjoyed (food, drink, smoke, personal items, etc) candles, insense. Degree of elaboration ranges from simple “shoebox” types done as school projects to altars filling an entire room of a house. It is well-worth walking around to see the street ofrendas and children dressed as Catrinas. Not all states celebrate in the same way or to the same extent. I was told that the day is more elaborate in the state of Michoacán than here in Guanajuato. Apparently tomorrow, November 2, is the day to visit cemeteries/gravesites. From what I can gather, the celebration is rather like expecting your ancestors to come for a one day annual visit. Rather comforting, if you think about it. I made a very modest ofrenda for my mother – orange roses, an apple and a jar of jam.