It is a Mexican tradition that honors the dead. It takes place on November 1st and 2nd. It is a reminder that we are all going to die, that death is part of life, and we should celebrate it.
An essential part of the day of the dead is the offerings (ofrendas), also known as “Altares” which are full of elements and symbolism. The most crucial element to me is the image of your loved ones. I have been honoring my grandparents for many years.
Papel Picado represents Joy, Happiness, that’s why it is very colorful and comes in different shapes.
Velas, Veladoras (Candles) are considered as a guiding light in this world.
Flor de Cempazuchil: It is a symbol of the sun’s glow, which was considered the origin of everything. It serves as a guide for the souls of our loved ones to indicate the path to get home.
Water: Reflects the purity of the soul, the endless cycle of the regeneration of life; a glass of water serves for the spirit to quench his/her thirst after the journey from the world of the dead.
Pan De Muerto: represents the skeleton of your loved ones. It is a moment to bring joy and you display their favorite foods and drinks at the altar. I discovered so many dishes my grandmothers liked, that I didn’t know and I wouldn’t have known if it wasn’t for this tradition, I also found out that one of my grandmothers used to smoke, she quit when my sister and I were born.
Copal and incense: Copal is a pre-Hispanic element that cleanses and purifies the energies of a place and those of those who use it; Incense purifies the environment. And it also serves as a guide to our dead, so they can find their way home.
I really enjoy putting the altar together as a family and while we are doing we share good memories of our daughters’ great grandparents and get to know them a bit.
It is a way to keep your ancestors and loved ones remembered, who already left this world, in your heart and your mind, you keep them alive while you remember them.
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