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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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Flaming Heart Sacred Heart Milagros

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Flaming Heart Sacred Heart Milagros

Traditionally Milagros are used by people to petition saints for help or protection. In many churches in Mexico , you see statues of the Virgin Mary or other saints. People pin their Milagros or miracle on these saints .

 

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Each Milagros is made for a specific purpose so their is a lot of variety. Sometimes you come across an unexpected Milagros like a car.
I think of Milagros as having dual or triple meanings, for example a car could mean you need or want a new car or your car is acting funny and you are praying for it not to break down.

The heart, flaming heart (sacred heart) could be a prayer to find love, announcing love or to heal a defective heart.

Milagros are now put on crosses, hands and Hearts for ornamental use.

Visit Coast Hwy Trader for individual Milagros and Milagros art pieces.

 

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Mexico Shopping Trip Adventures

I recently came back from a buying trip in Mexico. I had a great time and did my share of shopping for the store!!

I wanted to share my trip with you….

 

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I started at the gift show in Enart Tlaquepaque then off to San Miguel and then to Guanajuanto.

Here are some random photos in San Miguel.

 

Random San Miguel today!

Hello San Miguel

If you are ever going to San Miguel, make sure you add two or three nights in Guanajuato. It is an easy bus ride. A wonderful city!! It is so European. To me Guanajuato is much more interesting than San Miguel.

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guanajuato statues

Guanajuato so European

Guanajuato

I would highly recommend CASA Zuniga in Guanajuato it is right under the PiPila monument. You say it peepeela! 

Casa Zuniga is an amazing Bed and Breakfast.

 

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Breakfast at CASA De Las Flores. Lunch $4.00 shrimp

 

Lunch $4.00 shrimp

Shopped until I dropped!

 

Having a blast.

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All the Cheetos one could ever eat.!!!

 

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I have found so many wonderful hearts this trip. I am going to make a heart/corazón section when I return to Coast Hwy Traders.

 

heart:corazón section

Shopping in TONALA today

 

Shopping in TONALA today

 

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The Meaning of Milagros

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Traditionally Milagros are used by people to petition saints for help or protection. In many churches in Mexico , you see statues of the Virgin Mary or other saints. People pin their Milagros or miracle on these saints .

Each Milagros is made for a specific purpose so their is a lot of variety. Sometimes you come across an unexpected Milagros like a car.

I think of Milagros as having dual or triple meanings, for example a car could mean you need or want a new car or your car is acting funny and you are praying for it not to break down. A heart could be a prayer to find love, announcing love or to heal a defective heart. Milagros are now put on crosses, hands and Hearts for ornamental use.

Visit Coast Hwy Trader for individual Milagros and Milagros art pieces.

 

milagros and our lady of guadalupe

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Day of the Dead Weddings

Hearts, doves, beautiful flowers, candles, and skeletons????

Yes, that is right skeletons heads, figures of skeletons as bride and groom, skeleton cookies and cake plus rich colors and beautiful flowers.

They all make for a traditional Day of the Dead themed wedding. The Day of the Dead themed weddings are growing in popularity.

Day of the Dead celebrations are well known in Mexico. This is the day that all family members come together to remember their departed loved ones. It is also a time to reflect on life and death. To remember that life is short and that loved ones need to be cherished, just like life.

Weddings are a celebration of love, life, family….just like Day of the Dead celebrations!

Not to mention Day of the Dead motif can be very vibrant and fun, perfect for a Wedding celebration.

 

Coast Hwy Traders specializes in Day of the Dead merchandise including Wedding decorations.

 

Beautiful Day of the Dead cake toppers are perfect for the top of your wedding. We even have boy/boy figures and girl/girl figures (above) along with the traditional man/woman figures.

 

For your toasting glasses we have these hand painted Day of the Dead glasses.

 

Brightly colored papel picado banners make for a wonderful canopy at the altar or hanging outside for the reception party.

Use our brightly colored Day of the Dead fabric (see above) for tablecloths for the main wedding table, cake table, or even to make small favor bags.

For wedding favors for the guests we have milagros to tie on to boxes or bags of candies. You can make adorable and yummy skeleton sugar molds as a wedding favor too.

 

Plus our store as a wonderful selection of Mexican folk art ceramics for gifts for your wedding party.

Candles also make a beautiful decoration for a wedding. We have some with skeletons and religious symbols.

 

Day of the Dead themed weddings are not for everyone, but if you embrace the meaning behind it, to love life and celebrate family and love ones it can truly make for a special day.

If you are interested in a Day of the Dead wedding please feel free to contact Bev at mexart@cox.net and remember that at Coast Hwy Traders we can also set up a bridal registry.