For 4,000 Years the Aztecs honored the unique character of the deceased individuals in annual celebration. Ceremonies included using parts of the skeleton, most commonly the skull(“calavera”). Relatives placed native marigolds in the eyesockets to reflect the life that once was. The aromatic flowers adornedaltars, said to invite the spirits to return this day. Today this festive holiday is a celebration of life. Modern celebrants decorate in the joyful colors of Mexican roots, painting faces and singing to wake the dead. Day of the Dead Beer is made to celebrate life and honor the traditions of this great holiday.