GLASGOW'S Gallery of Modern Art will host an exhibition and events as part of Glasgow's first celebrations of the Day of the Dead festival.

The festival is celebrated as a bank holiday throughout Mexico and is also marked around the world in other cultures.

The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember loved ones who have died.

The celebration takes place on November 1 and 2, and traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honouring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and visiting graves of the deceased with their possessions, and ­favourite foods and drinks.

GoMA has been working alongside Final Fling to stage a unique set of events including a shrine-making workshop and 'death cafe'.

Councillor Archie Graham, Chairman of Glasgow Life, said: "There are many different world traditions associated with Hallowe'en and the Day of the Dead.

"Far from being ­morbid, the Mexican ­inspired idea is to ­commemorate and celebrate those who have gone before us and these events at GoMA will provide an opportunity to enjoy both ­performance and to share emotions and creativity through a range of events."