Lady of Guadalupe: Also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe, in Roman Catholicism. She is the patron saint of Mexico / Latin America who appeared to the poor Aztec Indian Juan Diego near the Aztec shrine of Tepeyac in 1531.
La Malinche: The indigenous woman because of her bilingual abilities to speak both Nahuatl and a Maya language enabled her to serve as Cortés’s translator and advisor with the Aztecs. She became Cortés’s mistress and a mother of his son. She is the most controversial figure of female powers in Mesoamerica today.
La Llorona: Is the Spanish for the Weeping Woman. She is the ghostly figure who is believed to be wandering along the lakes, canals and rivers during the night crying for her missing children. She is the most famous ghostly woman in Texas.
October 31 to November 2 is the days of the dead. The common belief is that the spirit of the dead visits their respective families’ members during this period. In Mexico the streets and cemeteries are decorated. People place drinks and food offerings baked in shape of skulls and skeletons, incense, candles and yellow marigolds and other elaborate ofrendas is placed along with a photo of the departed soul on the altar. Altar is mostly found in the home and churches in Mexico whereas in California altars are a part of the museum exhibits. In U.S there are special art-centers which every year celebrate this holiday both with traditional and some political elements.