According to Wikipedia:
"The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos or All Souls' Day) is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and by Latin Americans living in the United States and Canada. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration occurs on November 1st and 2nd in connection with the Catholic holiday of All Saints' Day which occurs on November 1st and All Souls' Day which occurs on November 2nd. Traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased, using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts."
Around these parts, there's only one place to go if you're wantin' to set up your own little Dia de los Muertos altar, and that's the Arnosky's big blue barn, home of Texas Specialty Cut Flowers. I stopped by this morning to grab some arugula and cheese, and found Pamela cranking out fresh pumpkin cookies and empanadas, to go with the Mexican hot chocolate that was simmering on the stove. What a great way to start the morning!