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Day of the Dead Altars (Ofrendas)

Day of the Dead Altars (Ofrendas)

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Day of the Dead is celebrated from October 31st to November 2nd. The celebrations include festivals, visit to grave sites, and preparing the altars or Ofrendas for lost loved ones. Ofrendas can be set up near graves or where the loved one actually died. They are also set up in the home where people believe the spirits will visit.

In Morelos, Mexico the altar is set up in a bedroom with chairs or a bed for the dead to rest on. The living then sleep on the front porch. This is not done out of fear but they want to make the dead comfortable. The altars filled with flowers, candles and much more. Below is a list of the items you would find.

Day of the Dead Altars

Candles…..one for each dead family member. Lighting the way the for the spirits.

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Skulls made of wood or sugar…..sometimes marked with the names of the dead family member.

tree of life

 

Soap and Small towels….for the dead to wash

 

Water Jug…for drinking

 

Salt….a symbol of life

 

Incense

 

Bread…Pan de Muertos (Bread of the Dead) is a sweet egg bread and is flavored with cinnamon and anise seed (tastes like black licorice). The bread is then glazed with honey or sprinkled with red or pink sugar. The bread will sometimes be shaped like people or animals.

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Flowers…Marigolds (going back to the Aztecs) are used because they are the symbol of the harvest and they are also know as the flower of the dead. Their bright color and strong smell reminded the Aztecs of the sun. You can see the petals scattered from the graves to the home, like a path for the spirits to follow. These bright flowers are colorful enough for the spirits to see after living in so much darkness.

 

Marigold-Marigolds….flowers of the Dead

Chocolates

 

Pictures of the loved ones that have past

 

Small toys or miscellaneous items the loved ones enjoyed

 

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La Catrina and Icon of the Day of the Dead

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Jose Guadalupe Posada created the lovely and timeless La Calaveras Catrina (The Catrina Skull) or just La Catrina. Posada was a Mexican revolutionary graphic artist in the late 19th-20th centuries. La Catrina has the European style ornate hat that was popular among the upper classes in the late 19th century. Many of the indigenous women of the time were so influenced by the European styles they started not wearing their traditional clothes and even wore makeup to make their skin look lighter. La Catrina was Posadas reminder to all that regardless of class or stature death equalizes everyone in the end.

 

katrinas chtLa Catrinas made of paper mache at Coast Hwy Traders

 

The La Catrina is made from all kinds of materials including clay, wood, and paper mache (cartoneria). She is a prominent figure in Day of the Dead celebrations. She is featured in Day of the Dead altars, decorations, including large paper mache skeletons imitating the living.

Posada’s La Catrina has become the image of Death in Mexico and icon of the Day of the Dead celebrations.

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holiday catrinaThe Coast Hwy Traders Mascot…La Catrina

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La Catrinas at Coast Hwy Traders

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How to Make Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls

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The spirit of Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is that we honor our loved ones that have passed, but we are not afraid of death and we honor life by living it. That is why you will see people dress up in skull masks (calacas) and spend days cleaning and decorating the graves of families members and prepare amazing altars to welcome their dead loved ones.

 

day of the dead statues

 

Sugar Skulls are a large part of the Day of the Dead altars and celebrations. In Mexico families spend most of October preparing their sugar skulls that they will use to adorn their altars (oferendas) and grave sites. These sugar skulls are beautifully decorated and are all made by hand. They represent  the loved ones that have passed while honoring their life. That is why they are decorated with brightly colored icing, foil and feathers. They are not morbid or scary but more of a reminder that death is apart of life and that life is beautiful and fun and meant to be lived.

 

decorated sugar skulls

How to Make Sugar Skulls

Ingredients:  (for a 5 pound bag of granulated sugar)
A 5 pound bag of granulated sugar
1/4 cup of Meringue powder
10 teaspoons of water
Mix the meringue powder and sugar together and then add your water.
Fill your sugar skull molds with sugar mixture
Then turn out on cardboard and let them sit overnight.
Then decorate with icing, foil and feathers.
This recipe will yield 5 large sugar skulls or 20 medium skulls or
100 mini skulls

sugar skull molds

Coast Hwy Traders has all you need to make your sugar skulls.
Including different styles of sugar skull molds and we also have chocolate molds!
And if you do not have time to make your own sugar skulls Coast Hwy Traders will have pre-made sugar skulls direct from Mexico at the store in October. But hurry they sell quickly!!!

email me at mexart@cox.net or call me at 760-944-1381
for any questions with making your Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls

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Coast Hwy Traders

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How to Make Sugar Skulls for Day of the Dead

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The spirit of Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is that we honor our loved ones that have passed, but we are not afraid of death and we honor life by living it. That is why you will see people dress up in skull masks (calacas) and spend days cleaning and decorating the graves of families members and prepare amazing altars to welcome their dead loved ones.

 

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Day of the Dead calaveras (skulls)

Sugar Skulls are a large part of the Day of the Dead altars and celebrations. In Mexico families spend most of October preparing their sugar skulls that they will use to adorn their altars (oferendas) and grave sites. These sugar skulls are beautifully decorated and are all made by hand. They represent  the loved ones that have passed while honoring their life. That is why they are decorated with brightly colored icing, foil and feathers. They are not morbid or scary but more of a reminder that death is apart of life and that life is beautiful and fun and meant to be lived.

 

decorated sugar skulls

 

How to Make Sugar Skulls

Ingredients:  (for a 5 pound bag of granulated sugar)

A 5 pound bag of granulated sugar

1/4 cup of Meringue powder

10 teaspoons of water

Mix the meringue powder and sugar together and then add your water.

Fill your sugar skull molds with sugar mixture

Then turn out on cardboard and let them sit overnight.

Then decorate with icing, foil and feathers.

This recipe will yield 5 large sugar skulls or 20 medium skulls or

100 mini skulls

sugar skull molds

Coast Hwy Traders has all you need to make your sugar skulls.

Including different styles of sugar skull molds and we also have chocolate molds!

 

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And if you do not have time to make your own sugar skulls Coast Hwy Traders will have pre-made sugar skulls direct from Mexico at the store after October 10th 2013. But hurry they sell quickly!!!

email me at mexart@cox.net or call me at 760-944-1381

for any questions with making your Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls

 

Be Sure to Visit our Online store on Pinterest!!