Wordless Wednesday: Building my altar for Día de Los Muertos

Día de los Muertos is next week and we’ve begun setting up our altar at home. On Sunday, we started gathering our ofrendas and hung papel picado. It’s nowhere near finished yet, but here’s a sneak peek from a few days ago.

I’ll share more details about the items on the altar as well as who it honors next week.


  1. says

    We have an altar every year. I so enjoy doing this because in doing so I welcome our family now gone back home. Your altar is looking wonderful. I have a few pictures of some of our offerings from previous years on my blog. Stop by if you get a chance. Have a wonderful rest of the week.

  2. says

    Yes, I will making an altar. I do every year – but this is the first year I will be making it in Oaxaca! Usually I simply drape a pretty cloth – I like orange and yellow, for the color of the season and the color of the marigolds – and then pin up photos of our dead. I decorate with whatever I have handy (one year it was those colored star stickers teachers give out) and always place bread and fruit on the altar. The night of the celebration we make hot chocolate, place some on the altar, and drink the rest with the bread, naming our dead and talking about them and telling stories about them.

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