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This is Ofrendas
Day of the dead, celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of November, has arrived! This is a holiday that means so much to Mexicans, and to experience it in person is really quite something. Day of the dead is pretty intricate, there are many layers to it that I am sure take years to fully understand. I am going to be writing a couple posts over the next days to try and give you an insight into this absolutely fantastic time of year. Puebla is a great place to visit during the week of day of the dead as they put on lots of interesting events in the historical center as well as in cemeteries around the city. The photos in this post were all taken from the ‘Corredor de ofrendas‘, and from ‘Casa de la Cultura‘ (located right next to the cathedral).
There are a lot of key words that come to mind when you are experiencing day of the dead such as ‘calaveras‘, ‘la catrina‘ and maybe most importantly: ofrendas. The point of day of the dead, or at least how I understand it anyway, is to honor the deceased and welcome them back into your home. Mexicans celebrate death and remember their loved ones, rather than shying away from a topic that I think in many cultures is uncomfortable to talk about.
The ofrenda is the offering to the dead, an altar in fact. It is used to welcome back loved ones from the dead, for example grandparents. An ofrenda traditionally has levels to it though it’s perfectly normal to just have a one level ofrenda. I’m not an ofrenda expert but I don’t think there is a wrong way of doing an ofrenda. Yes there are key elements put if you are missing something don’t worry. The point is to capture the personality of the person(s) your ofrenda is for whilst making sure it has plenty of Mexican character. You will never find two ofrendas the same, each one is unique.
This is what you will usually find on an ofrenda (and its significance):
Now you know everything (or at least a lot more than you did before) about ofrendas! If you are feeling inspired make one and send us a picture (the youngest of the dead will visit you on the night of the 1st of November and the oldest on the 2nd). Or if you already have your ofrenda, send us a picture and we will share it on our facebook and twitter pages!