The Day of the Dead is the product of a unique mixture of multiple views. When the Spaniards colonized Mexico in the 16h century they began converting indigenous people to Catholicism. The original inhabitants of Mexico adopted the faith, but they retained many of their beliefs. One of the results of that mixing is the Day of the Dead. At the core of the tradition is the idea that the dead are allowed to return to Earth once a year. One of the key elements of revolves around ofrendas, or offerings, which are created through a visual display of altar-making and grave decorating.
This year, I wanted to build an altar to celebrate this beautiful holiday and tradition because it offers us the opportunity to celebrate the lives of those we love who have gone before us! Also, it was an opportunity to explore Olvera Street, “the birthplace of Los Angeles,” to collect fabrics, sugar skulls, and other artifacts to use as props for the altar.