Once a year or so, the tradition dating back to ancient Mayan times goes, the veil between this life and the next thins and we can once again be in contact with loved ones who have passed. When that Mayan and Aztec belief met Spanish Catholic All Souls’ Day in colonial Mexico, Dia de Los Muertos was born. But instead of European-style sad and gloomy, this south-of-the-border festival is colorful, vivid, and full of life. Families gather throughout this public holiday period to remember their loved ones with food, art, music, dance, and song. To celebrate, Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, a celebration of music and dance based in Mexico City, returns to the Kauffman Center as part of the Harriman-Jewell Series on Saturday, November 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. The performance highlights various regions, costumes, and folk music genres in Mexico with eye-popping brilliance.