There’s been a lot of talk about The Day Of The Dead recently, as it features at the spectacular start of Spectre, the new James Bond instalment. But how much do you actually know about this world of sugar skulls and spookiness?

The traditional Day of The Dead celebrations (Dia de Muertos),  the most famous of which take place in Mexico over two days (November 1st and 2nd) celebrate the passing of loved ones to the ‘other side’.

Offerings are bought to place on an altar, including photos of the dead, little candles, gifts and incense to guide them on their journey and sweet pan de muerto (bread of the dead).

In case your answer’s ‘not much‘, here’s a colourful guide to get you up to speed.

(click the image for a larger view)

sugar skulls