-  The Day of the Dead in Mexico  (© PvE/Alamy)

Whether made of wood, clay or even sweets, these Day of the Dead skeleton figures, called calaca, share one common trait: they’re having fun. The reason for the whimsical portrayal of death is a hangover from the Aztec influence on Mexican culture: the dead do not want to be remembered with sadness, but rather the joy they brought to the world when they were alive. Today is the final day of the three-day celebration, beginning with All Saints’ Eve on 31 October and ending today with All Souls’ Day.