Ofrenda Celebrating Day of the Dead
A special thank you to Bonnie Lopez & Carol Ressmeyer for our beautiful Ofrenda that was on display in the back of the sanctuary this year. We remember and celebrate all those lives which we had displayed on the Ofrenda and in our hearts.
Background & Tradition of the Ofrenda
The Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead, is celebrated each year in late October and early November. The combination of the ancient religious rituals of the indigenous people of Mexico, with the Catholic remembrance of All Saints Day, form the basis of the celebration of Dia de los Muertos. On these days in Mexico, the sweet smell of copal (incense) hangs in the air, and the cempasuchil (marigold flower of the dead) are displayed in abundance. It is believed that the souls of the departed are attracted to the scent and color of these flowers.