On this upcoming Day of the Dead in Mexico, the recently deceased will get a special altar to welcome them when they arrive on All Soul’s Day. Take a look at this beautiful post at Creative Hands of Mexico blog.
The most important element of Day of the Dead in Mexico is the setting up of an altar (literally “offering” (ofrenda)) to honor the dead. In homes all over Mexico, these altars are of a personal nature, featuring loved ones who have passed on. Common elements include marigold flowers (which bloom at this time of the year), religious images, food offerings and very often, photographs.
The purpose of the altars is to make a connection with the departed loved ones, as Day of the Dead has roots in pre Hispanic beliefs, which included the return of the dead once a year to visit the living. Hence Day of the Dead is not a somber or frightening occasion, but almost a happy one, a chance to relive memories.
Day of the Dead altar dedicated to various Mexican authors (credit Gomez, A01335017,CCM)
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