In Latin American countries where the indigenous culture is still strong, such as in Guatemala and Mexico in Central America, and in Bolivia in South America, is an important meld of many influences.It's possible to see older indigenous customs and traditions blending with newer Catholic traditions.
The Andean emphasis is agricultural, since November 1 is in spring south of the Equator.
It is the time of returning rains and the reflowering of the earth.
The souls of the dead also return to reaffirm life.
Moving Away From Pagan Beliefs, or Day of the Dead.
Like many other Catholic celebrations, in the New World it was grafted onto existing indigenous festivities to meld the "new" Catholicism with the "old" pagan beliefs.
Read: Everything You Need to Know About Day of the Dead In countries where the Europeans eventually reduced the indigenous populations, by one means or another, the celebrations gradually lost their native meaning and became more of a traditional Catholic event.
This is why the day is known under many different names and also why it is celebrated differently from town to town and country to country.
, or All Saints Day, to honor all the saints, known and unknown, of the Catholic faithful.
While it may seem like it would be a sad affair, in many parts of South America it's a reason to celebrate.