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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.

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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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Day of the Dead Altars and their Meanings

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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!

 

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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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Mexican Altar Workshop at Coast Hwy Traders

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.

 

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Day of the Dead Altar

 

Altars play a huge part in the Day of the Dead celebrations. Beautiful altars are constructed to honor and welcome the spirits of the loved ones who have passed away. They are filled with brightly colored marigolds which are said to attract the spirits. Tons of food, sweets, and drinks are also laid out on the altars. The altars are filled with incense, candles, and mementos.  All these altars are true works of art!

At Coast Hwy Traders we are offering a Mexican Altar workshop.

We will show you how to make your very own altar for Day of the Dead.

 

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The Altar Workshop will be on….

 

Sunday, October 13th from 11am until 3pm

at Coast Hwy Traders

Fee $7.00

 

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Coast Hwy Traders will supply you the altar and some fun supplies. Just bring pictures and goodies to use on your altar. Of course we will have items for your altar for sale in the store. Helping you and also making altars will be owner Bev Goodman,our own Rosey Daley and local artist Donna Butnik.

 

To Sign up e-mail Bev at mexart@cox.net