NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Plaza Del Sol in Norfolk is where you go for a taste of Mexico.

But on Thursday, it was also where owner Leticia Alonso remembered her son Daniel.

“I’m trying to do this for him,” said Alonso. “Especially for him.”

Alonso is putting the final touches on a festive altar, complete with painted skulls, bright flowers, and pictures of lost loved ones. It's all part of an annual Mexican holiday known as "Dia De Los Muertos," or "Day of the Dead."

“It’s the day we celebrate our souls in heaven,” said Alonso. “It’s not Mexican Halloween.”

The holiday dates back thousands of years. The three-day event is a time to celebrate -- not necessarily mourn -- family and friends who have passed away.

Although that still isn’t easy for Leticia. It’s been three years since Daniel suddenly died of medical complications at 33 years old.

“I feel sad,” said Alonso. “But I feel happy that I’m able to do this now.”

And that happiness is something Alonso wants to share with everyone. That’s why her altar at the front of the restaurant is in clear view for anyone passing by.

“You’re more than welcome to bring a picture of your loved one and put it on the altar," said Alonso. “We will pray for them.”