A tradition during Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) that many Mexicans and other Latinos celebrate on November 1st and 2nd is La Ofrenda. La Ofrenda is an altar that a family uses to remember and celebrate family members that have passed away. Some of the elements actually date back to the Aztecs but this tradition has evolved through the years. It often includes food, drinks, pictures, marigold flowers, skulls, candles, religious symbols, “papel picado” and other items. My wife and I actually did our first Ofrenda (here is a link to a picture) last year because we had lost some close relatives. We found it to be a way to connect with people that are important to us. We will be doing another this year. If you are thinking about doing one, here is a website that may give you some ideas. But one thing that we did learn is that La Ofrenda is a very personal experience and every family needs to do it in their own way.
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