Create a tradition this Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) by making a home altar (ofrenda), preparing passed loved one's favorite foods and joining them with a toast of remembrance.

Whether simple or sophisticated, altars all contain certain basic elements in common.

Video includes altar with symbolic meanings, a girl with sugar skull makeup dressed as a traditional Mexican Catrina, and making champurrado.

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is neither scary nor somber; it is joyous.

The Aztecs believed death is not the end, but rather the beginning, and that before death everything was a dream.

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