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How to make a Day of the Dead altar


day of the dead altar ideas
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrates the spirits of one’s deceased family. It is traditional to build an altar each year on November 01 and 02 to honor their memories and provide a feast for any spirits who visit on this occasion. The altars built are called “ofrenda”. Each person participating in building that particular altar can place something on the altar which is symbolic of the person they wish to remember. Offerings will normally include the favorite items of those expected to visit — foods, toys, jewelry, etc.

The calavera

Calaveras are popular skull artworks featured during the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration in Mexico. Death is perceived as part of living, not something to fear, and as such is celebrated each year. The calavera (skull) is worn as a mask during celebrations and is recreated in sugar to be placed on family altars. In this way, one’s deceased relatives are remembered during the celebrations.

Traditional offerings for an ofrenda

How to construct an ofrenda

The process of making an ofrenda is organic. Start off with a shallow table, drape some fabric for a background, and go from there. Arrange taller objects toward the back, and smaller ones at the front. If you are honoring several people, arrange the items for each person together.

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