The day of the dead also known as All Souls Day is celebrated in Mexico and by Latin Americans living in the United States. It is a gathering of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members that have died. All Souls Day occurs on November 1st and 2nd along with the Catholic holiday All Saints Day. All Saints day is celebrated on November 1st and All Souls Day is celebrated on November 2nd. Some people build altars or small shrines in their homes to celebrate.