The monarch’s arrival in Mexico is a breathtaking phenomenon that also carries strong cultural significance. Like clockwork, migrating monarchs arrive in Mexico at the same time of year, every year.

Their arrival coincides with Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), which is observed in Mexican culture between November 1st and 2nd. Día de Muertos is a celebration of the deceased.

Families and friends gather at the gravesites of their ancestors and loved ones. There, they build altars with photos, offerings, ornate sugar skulls, bright orange marigolds, and candles.

The living then shares refreshments and stories to celebrate the lives of their friends and ancestors that have passed. This holiday serves as a way to keep the dead alive in the hearts and memories of the living.