Category Archives: Day of the Dead Altar

DOD Decorations: JNWs Halloween Challenge, Oct 22, 2016

Decorations are what the Day of the Dead is about.  Weeks are spent in preparation, and the display is colorful, excessive and heartfelt. These photos are of two of my own altars as well as photos I took in Patzcuaro, Michoacan, as decorations were being prepared and completed.

DOD Altar

                                                           DOD Altar

In my enthusiasm for making an altar for complete (and dead) strangers, I completely forgot to light my candles on my own altar for my mother and my husband Bob, who both died in 2001––the year I moved to Mexico––and my dad, who died in 1974. I had little electric candles that all burned out in the week I’ve had them lit, so it was time to substitute real fire!  Here it is.

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