This year, I decided to create an Ofrenda (Day of the Dead altar) for my dearly departed Grandmother. Growing up Californian, I was lucky enough to enjoy the Day of the Dead celebrations around me; from parades to lively cemetery scenes, to the scent of marigolds in the air, that while I am not of Mexican origin, Dia de los Muertos grew in my heart. After moving to the north east I grew to miss this lovely remembrance day terribly.
Above is my Grandmother's Ofrenda. It has some classic elements like food and drink, as well as it being built as a three tier system. But from there I took liberties. I found things I remember my Grandmother liking, fortunately for me, Grandma liked a lot of things that you can find at your local drugstore! I am not easily able to get to a Mexican area to get things once easy like Calaveras (sugar skulls) or pan de meurto ( bread of the dead). But, I took the spirit of what I remembered and created something that works.
I cannot express how connected I feel to my Grandmother while pulling together my ofrenda. She feels so close to me. It felt like a meeting long overdue. For November 1st, create your own altar, it does not have to be fancy, just meaningful.
Call them home tonight.
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