In 2013 I visited my sister in Oaxaca during the season of Dia de Muertos. It was an interesting and moving experience, unlike anything I had encountered before. I brought with me some mementos of departed relatives and pets to add to the ofrenda my sister built at her house. I was able to see the festivities take place over three days and nights, and I was able to participate in a very real and emotional way with my own family.
Now I have a new outlook on the occasion of October 31st through November 2nd and fondly celebrate those in my life and those who are gone from it.