Steel Goat Studio Celebrates the Day of the Dead

Steel Goat Studio Celebrates the Day of the Dead
10/23/2016 Rachel
Day of the Dead feature by Steel Goat Studio

By Debra Boudreau of Steel Goat Studio

The purpose of the Dia de los Muertos is to honor and celebrate your significant departed and to help you remember and appreciate their life. Decorating an altar (ofrenda in Spanish) with the dead’s former possessions and with objects that symbolize things they valued, found meaningful, and brought joy to their lives.

 

Day of the Dead Altar, Mexican Folk Art

Day of the Dead Altar, Mexican Folk Art

 

Mexicans believe that during the Day of the Dead, the spirits of the dead will return to earth to visit and celebrate with their families. It’s a long hard journey from the afterlife back to earth, so traditional Dia de los Muertos altars include nourishment and refreshments for the returning souls. These items are called “offerings”.

 

Steel Goat Studio Day of the Dead Guardians

Steel Goat Studio Day of the Dead Guardians

 

Living in California and travelling often into Mexico, I have experienced such jubilation and positive energy from participating in this meaningful yearly event. My personal Folk Art collection is filled with pieces used in this amazing celebration of gratitude and representing the traditions of Dia de los Muertos.

 

Day of the Dead Cage - Steel Goat Studio

Day of the Dead Cage – Steel Goat Studio

 

More about symbols and content:

 

Latin Times Day of the Dead Altar Symbols

Latin Times Day of the Dead Altar Symbols

Latin Times: Meaning behind Day of the Dead

 

NPR article on food and drink for Day of the Dead altars

NPR article on food and drink for Day of the Dead altars

NPR: Decoding the Food and Drink on a Day of the Dead Altar

Visit my shop on Etsy for Mexican crafts, including the Day of Dead!

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