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DIA DE MUERTOS/Day of the Dead
My heart was touched this year by Mexico's Day of the Dead commemorations. (Last year, due to the pandemic, city governments cancelled all public programs and festivities.) Long before the set up and decorating of family and public altars, traditional markets, florists, and bakeries sold necessary items. Building a memorial Day of the Dead altar often becomes an elaborate affair.
Here's a Smithsonian magazine article on the subject: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/meaning-behind-six-objects-dia-de-los-muertos-altars-180973442/
Huge public altars are raised to honor significant locals, from long ago historical figures to popular creative personalities who've died relatively recently.
A Queretaro Center for the Arts built an altar to victims of Covid19. The sign in front of the altar said: This altar of offerings is dedicated to all those who died of Covid19 during the health emergency of 2020 and 2021 which in Mexico amounted to more than 290,000 and in Queretaro more than five thousand deaths. May this offering, conceived and designed by Manuel Oropeza, an important exhibition specialist of this city, ilumine the paths to eternity for those who no longer accompany us and offer comfort to the living who remember and miss them.
Below are also two photos of more traditional altars that you might see in private homes.