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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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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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Importing from Mexico

Shopping in TONALA today

 

People often come in with items they bought on a trip and want to import. Well my items from my last trip are still in TJ where they have been for four weeks. What makes delays. Well there is a lot of paperwork to do. You have to have receipts for everything you buy. So all those fun one of a kind items I buy at the market in Tonala they need their own receipt. All this information then goes to a broker.

My conversation today with broker….Broker, “we need a copy of your signature.” Okay.

Second call, “You signed your name, we need it printed too”…and so it goes.

The good news is that the items will arrive this week.

 

Bev shopping trip 2

 

 

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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.

guanjuato

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.

 

casa Zuniga

Breakfast at CASA De Las Flores. Lunch $4.00 shrimp

 

Lunch $4.00 shrimp

Shopped until I dropped!

 

Having a blast.

Bev shopping trip 2

 

All the Cheetos one could ever eat.!!!

 

cheetos

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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My Tree of Life Collection

tree of life

I have collected trees of life for over twenty years. I have had a few even longer. I fell in love with them the first time I saw them. I think I liked the name too! The really old ones are of saints and were also often used as incense burners. Over time they came to represent what was happening in Mexico for example their own revolution trees. They also reflected the whimsy of the artists. One of my favorite trees is the one representing all the costumes of each state in Mexico.

 

tree of life 2

 

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Writing a Blog

writing a blog

 

In the last six months I have begun writing regular blogs, mostly about Mexico but sometimes about things that interest me. BUT I wonder does anyone read them? I have a very Mexican house (see above picture). I wonder if any of my local customers would like to see it. I wonder if you would like more house pieces? Would you like blogs on certain pieces in my house? So I guess this is an ask for blog feedback!

Just email me your thoughts at mexart@cox.net

 

 

 

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The Meaning of Milagros

 miagros blog

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

 milagros blog 2

 

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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