Dia de Muertos Community Altar

Honor loved ones who have passed with a community altar organized by Dia de Muertos. Located on the second floor of the Armory building, directly outside the loft workshop rooms, you will have a chance to participate in an ongoing community altar of remembrance traditional to the Mexican holiday Dia de Muertos.

In order to participate, bring a photo, note, or offering to add your story to the ever growing altar.*

Altar will be on display in the Armory Court balcony Saturday – Monday.


About Day of the Dead Altars

Courtesy of Diana at Copal Mexican Folk Art and Dia de Muertos Festival

Day of the Dead altars known as altares de muertos or ofrendas are set during the Day of the Dead celebrations on November 1 and 2 to honor the dead children and adults. Day of the Dead celebrations are based in the belief that the souls of the ones gone can come back to this world on these days.

The Day of the Dead altars are the most prominent feature in the celebration because they show the souls the way to their home. Altars make the souls (animas) feel welcomed and show them they have not been forgotten.

The souls will only take the essence out of the food and drinks so at the end of the celebration or in some places during the event, the family will gather and eat and drink the offered goodies and often share them with the community members.

Day of the Dead altars are set with different elements depending on the region; these differences are established by the availability, seasonal flowers and fruits and the traditional food from the area. Other elements are shared everywhere in the country. Most altars would include elements such as photographs, candy skulls, candles, flowers, and food.


*If you would like them back, please collect your offerings by 9PM on Sunday May 22nd. Folklife will try and collect any unclaimed offerings at the end of the Festival but please plan on only providing offerings with the understanding that they may not make it back to you.

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