|Altar for her ancestors, by Yoli Manzo, http://SacredYoli.blogspot.com|
November 1st and 2nd are the days when the spirits who have crossed over are able to rejoin their loved ones for one night. November 1st is for the children, and November 2nd is for the adults. In Mexico, many families visit the gravesites and decorate the area with marigold flowers, copal candles, and a hot plate of food (the scents help the spirits find their way here).
|Decorated grave in Mexico. Photo by Maria Fowler, AzCentral.com|
|Here is a personal alter made by http://theothersideofthetortilla.com/2010/11/%C2%A1feliz-dia-de-los-muertos/#comment-17544|
Here are some other ofrendas to check out!
Collective ofrenda - This is an altar my craft group made for Frida Kahlo. We added strands of mini lights to make it all glow! We each contributed components that were special to us.
My husband made this one! The theme is Eternal Love and celebrates his grandparents wedding.The dresser is is Grandma Minnies, it's 75 years old. The dress and veil is also hers. He created the body from papier mache. She is looking into the mirror reflecting on her wedding day.
|Matchbox Shrine by MicroJivvy|
While some people go big with their altars, others go micro - check out this teeny-tiny matchbox ofrenda made by MicroJivvy at DollHouse Miniatures!
The day is young, there is still time ot make an altar for loved one! Here is how to do it!
If you are looking for crafty ideas, and even more info about altars, I have all that here.
Happy Dia de los Muertos!