The Museum of South Texas History joined communities across Mexico and the United States to celebrate DÃ-a de los Muertos or, Day of the Dead, on Saturday.

The event is a colorful celebration deeply rooted in Hispanic tradition that focuses on the remembrance of loved ones. Typical belief is that once a year in the fall, the souls of the departed can return to earth. Like their Mexican counterparts, Valley residents create elaborate altars to honor loved ones and people of special significance.