día de los muertes
LOS ALTARES (The Altars)
El día de los muertes (Day of Dead) follows «
el día de los santos » (Day of all Saints).
It occurs on November.
the families go to the cemetery with flowers and ornaments to adorn
the tombs of their deceased family members. They also get together
for a convivial and joyful family diner. They also go to the roads
where crosses mark the places where their fathers, brothers or husbands
were killed in a car or truck accident. Alcohol is often the reason
of the accidents. Mexican, especially low classes, drink a lot of
beer. That causes many accidents.
The altars contribute to perpetrate the tradition of celebrating
the Day of the Dead but this tradition is not anymore on in the
However, in the schools, in order to preserve these customs for
the new generation, the students are invited to realize an altar
for a deceased friend, classmate or personality.
Every altar is unique and comprises three levels.
first level or higher floor is dedicated to designate the person.
There is a picture of the deceased, which is decorated in order
to remember the deceased in his lifetime. Personal objects, clothes,
shoes items he loved and preserved souvenirs are laid in this level
as well as candles and « calaveras » (sugar
The second level is reserved to bring the deceased to his life in
the other world. The family prepares ingredients (tortillas,
tequila, beer...) with bread, salt, fruits as well as cooked
dishes such as mole or pozole, traditional Mexican dishes made of
corn cooked in chalk. There is also water to pour out the thirst
of the deceased.
third level remains a trail that leads the deceased to his life
in the other world. Candles are set to guide him with light to the
altar. There is also wood, coal, a brasero or there stones set like
to set a fire.
Report and photos made
by Marie Resplandy : firstname.lastname@example.org
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