This beautiful celebration, held right around Halloween, is about life as much as it is about death, a commemoration of the dearly beloved and departed. Be surprised by some insights that surround the magical event known there as El Dia De Los Muertos.
BBC investigates: Dia de los Muertos
|This is not sad but a day of joy and reunion.|
Gates goes on a wild emotional and spiritual rollercoaster ride, starting with a teenage girl's bizarre coming-of-age ceremony (Quinceañera*) and ending with The Day of the Dead, a cacophonous cross-cultural festival of the senses during which modern Aztecs and Mexicans believe their loved ones come back from the dead for three days (Oct. 31-Nov. 2) every year to spend the day with them.
|Stefan Gates (BBC World News)|
But then in the next breath, the family Gates is living with teach him to celebrate and laugh at death. They turn his views on their head, allowing him to embrace and conquer his fear of death through an extraordinary sensual onslaught of food, flowers, songs, and smells.