Too late for Dia de los Muertos, but my excuse is that I had an apocalyptic death fever and was only capable of drinking tea and watching Jackie Chan movies. I think this is a pretty good excuse.
Marigolds are pretty great. I kind of miss being in Spanish immersion grade school because they had us celebrate all those crazy Mexican-Catholic holidays like Cinco de Mayo and el Dia. I just like how Mexicans do holidays. Cover everything in bright colors and party! Honor the dead by partying and flowers! Make everything beautiful!