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Day of the Dead Altars and their Meanings


Mexican Altars are used as a way to remember or honor a family member or loved one, a special saint, or a special time or remembrance. Altars have been apart of the Mexican culture since Cortez and his Spanish troops came to Mexico. The altars can be made from wood, paper or an old cigar box. They are colorful, inspirational, religious, or just plain fun.

Altars play a huge part in the Day of the Dead celebrations. As part of the Day of the Dead celebration it is believed that the dead are allowed to return to Earth. The altars are made to help guide the spirits of the dead to the homes of  the loved ones. The sweet smell of flowers, the candle light and the colors of the altar all help to guide the spirit home!




That is why the altars are filled with brightly colored marigolds. Colorful decorations, like Papel Picados and blankets. Tons of food, sweets, and drinks are also laid out on the altars. The altars are also filled with incense and candles. Mementos of the deceased loved one is also placed on the altars. Like pictures, their favorite piece of clothing, their favorite foods etc.  All these altars are true works of art!

Coast Hwy Traders has Day of the Dead candles, colorful papel picados, Day of the Dead statues, crafts and much more. Come in to a local small business and purchase all your “Real” Day of the Dead merchandise from artists and not Box Stores!!

Below is a great picture of the altar and the meanings behind each item…..






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Nepal had a major devastating earthquake last Saturday. You may not know that one of our vendors Deep is from Nepal. We are happy to report that is family is safe. Nepal is a very poor country , with many people struggling to survive .

Deep has a foundation (learn more here) where part of all his sales ( including those at Coast Hwy Traders ) are donated to provide pack backs filled with school supplies for needy children. If you are traveling to a third world country always bring pens and pencils for the children. I plan to give out many when I am hiking in the Atlas mountains in May.

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