Skeletal figures, sugar skulls, toys, candles, and pottery, typically used for this celebration can be found everywhere in the marketplace. Ofrendas (offerings), dedicated to the memory of the departed loved ones, are erected in the homes of many people. The focal point of the altar is usually a photograph of the souls we honor. I am creating an altar in Concordia’s baptistery to honor and celebrate the lives of our departed family members and friends. I would love to have pictures and mementos from all to display. Please bring these items to church — Bonnie Lopez, for us to use. Thank you.
Ofrenda Celebrating Day of the Dead
An ofrenda is available in the back of Concordia Church on Seeley. Our thanks to the creator, Bonnie Lopez. We encourage you to bring in photos of loved ones that you would like to place the ofrenda.
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.