During the Mexican holiday of Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, families pay respect to their departed loved ones, whose spirits are believed to return for this short time. Offerings of marigolds, candles, sugar skulls, fruit, and pan de muerto are placed on an alter around the deceased’s grave. Families may also put photographs and their loved one’s favorite food on the alter. The day is spent eating, drinking, and celebrating those who have passed. The Day of the Dead is held on November 1 and 2, but alters may be constructed and visited before or after, typically between October 28 and November 4.
This altar was created by Spanish I and II students at Riverside High School in Durham, North Carolina.
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