Dia de Los Muertos is an ancient tradition rooted in Mexico — celebrating life and honoring those who have passed away. And it’s a huge part of New Mexico’s culture too. An annual parade and celebration takes place in the South Valley every November, drawing thousands together to dress up and celebrate. Albuquerque’s particular celebration draws its influences from Jose Guadalupe Posada’s early 1900’s portrayal of personalities and professions as skeletons or calaveras. The afternoon features music, altars to the dead, food, art vendors, slam poets and (inevitably) dancing, all following the parade to the South Valley’s Westside Community Center. Everyone usually attend in their best calavera attire — so be ready for a cultural overload, because Albuquerque knows how to do Dia De Los Muertos right.