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The Altar of the Dead: A Festival of Colors and Meanings

The Day of the Dead in Mexico is a celebration full of joy, color and a magical touch that unites families with their deceased loved ones. One of the most emblematic parts of this festival is the altar of the dead, a colorful and significant creation that honors the deceased. We are going to reveal the elements of an altar and their meaning, with a touch of fun!


1. Photos: Connection with the Past

Photographs of deceased loved ones are the heart of the altar. These images allow a spiritual connection, remembering all the grandparents, uncles and friends with a smile. Imagine your great-grandmother winking at you from the photo, not bad for a spirit!


2. Candles: Let Life Shine!

Candles represent the light that guides souls back to the world of the living. In addition, they illuminate the path with their flickering flame, creating a magical atmosphere. Just remember not to light too many, we don't want the house to look like a birthday party!


3. The Flowers of Cempasúchil: Fragrance and the Way Home

Cempasuchil flowers (orange carnation like flowers), with their bright orange color, are like a scented carpet that guides the spirits. Its fragrance attracts them and helps them find their way back to the altar. Who knew that flowers could be the GPS of the afterlife?


4. Papel Picado: Party in the Sky

The confetti is like the decoration of a heavenly party. The intricate cuts represent the wind and the sky, and it is believed that when the wind blows through them, the spirits are enjoying their party decorations in the afterlife.


5. Sugar Skulls: A Sweet Tribute

Sugar skulls are miniature skulls made of sugar. They are a sweet way to remember that death is a natural part of life. Plus, you can eat them! A delicious reminder that life is fleeting.


6. Food: Feast for Souls

Food cannot be missing on an altar of the dead. The favorite dishes and drinks of the deceased are placed as offerings. Did your grandmother love mole? Put a saucer on the altar. It's like inviting her to dinner from beyond.


7. Water: To Quench the Thirst of Travel

Water is essential to quench the thirst of souls who have traveled from the beyond. A small glass of water is a symbolic gesture to welcome visitors from the other world. Let's hope they don't spill!


8. El Copal: Cleansing and Purification

Copal, an aromatic resin, is burned to cleanse and purify the space. Its smoke is believed to ward off evil spirits and allow good ones to enter in peace.


The altars of the dead are a festival of colors and meanings. Each item tells a story and connects families with their deceased loved ones. So, next time you set up an altar, remember that you are inviting your loved ones to a magical party! Happy Day of the Dead!


P.S. The day of the day is celebrated in Mexico every year on November 2nd



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