The Day of the Dead, in Hispanic culture, is a type of memorial day, to remember and appreciate those we knew who have passed away. It often involves visiting the graves of a deceased relative, going to a special church service, and having a family dinner in which you have this relative's favorite dish. It can also be a celebration, as we celebrate the life and influence of those who have passed away. Skeletons are often associated with the day. In our culture, here in the states, skeletons often symbolize the dark and evil side of death. However, Day of the Dead, comes from Hispanic culture, in which the skeleton does not have the same connotations, and is a lighter, more commonly used symbol.