Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a day of remembrance for deceased friends and relatives that is celebrated in Mexico and in many other places around the world. Celebrants traditionally build ofrendas, private altars that include sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and drinks of the deceased.
From Wikipedia: “Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. The holiday has spread throughout the world: In Brazil Dia de Finados is a public holiday that many Brazilians celebrate by visiting cemeteries and churches. In Spain there are festivals and parades, and, at the end of the day, people gather at cemeteries and pray for their dead loved ones. Similar observances occur elsewhere in Europe, and similarly themed celebrations appear in many Asian and African cultures.” (Wikipedia – Day of the Dead)
Sadly, I am not as prepared as I should be. I’m lacking sugar skulls and marigolds, but I have plenty of non-edible skulls around the house, and I found some origami paper to make a couple of paper roses. The candles from All Saint’s Day were still close by, so I see no reason not to include them as well, and I’ve included a cup of coffee to make it complete. My ofrenda is in honor of my mother, father, and stepfather, and Paula’s parents, all of whom have passed on (and all of whom were dedicated coffee drinkers!)
Do you celebrate Dia de los Muertos? Share your traditions in the comments!