Day of Dead honors loved ones, friends who have died

Jennifer Fry

Staff writer

Anyone who has seen the Pixar movie “Coco” can visualize the vibrancy of the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, with its yellow marigolds and sparkling candlelight. The day is held in conjunction with All Souls’ Day, on Nov. 2, but can also be a multi-day festival stretching from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.

Marcos Vasquez, 41, a resident of Uvalde, has been celebrating the holiday for five years. To participate, he builds an altar in his house peopled with photographs of loved ones who have died to whom he hopes to connect.

The altar, he says, gives the loved ones a path to come visit. Called an “ofrenda,” or offering, the altar has seven steps which each represent a different element.

At the top level is an image of a saint that the honored loved one venerated in life, and also an arch of marigolds – the traditional flower of the dead. The arch is to allow the spirits of the remembered loved ones to go back to their resting place after the visit.


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