A large parade took place in Mexico City on Sunday prior to Día de Muertos. The Day of the Dead is an exuberant three-day celebration for the commemoration of the deceased. The festival officially starts on October 31, but a parade has been held for that for a number of years.
In Mexico it is believed that the dead can return to earth. The souls of children return on 1 November and those of adults on 2 November.
In the run-up to the day of the dead, the graves of the deceased are cleaned and extra beautifully decorated in the cemetery, but a kind of altar is also being built in the house where Mexicans can honor their loved ones. They do this by preparing the favorite food of the deceased and burning candles, but also by decorating the altar with flowers and photos.