Day of the Dead altars for novice spirits

As an American who feels her country is in denial about death, I loved to celebrate the Mexican (Oaxacan) Day of the Dead with my students. Occasionally, a student said it was inappropriate but once I said they could write to anyone who died, those complainers wrote to Elvis or Tupac & all was well. 😉 ❤
Peace, love & remembering our loved ones who have passed on to all,
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too. You can go to the Home page of her blog to watch it:
Or you can see it on YouTube: 😉 ❤ 😉

Creative Hands of Mexico

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.

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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.

ddm3_alina Day of the Dead altar dedicated to various Mexican authors (credit Gomez, A01335017,CCM)

I personally have found it psychologically rewarding, thousands…

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