Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a jubilant and festive celebration which unites the family and establishes a sense of common identity. Among other activities, families create and decorate altars to commemorate multiple or one deceased family member. To most families creating an altar is a ritual to welcome, connect with, and joyfully remember their ancestors.
The altar or “ofrenda” is usually placed weeks in advance in the main room of the house, usually the living room. A table is centrally positioned usually dressed with an embroidered or Decorative table cover(s). Some of the items that make up “ofrendas” include: papel picado, sugar skulls, skeleton figures, tree of death (or life), flowers (usually cempasúchil / marigolds), candles, incense, religious images, personal objects and effects, picture(s) of the deceased, glass of water, the favorite beverage of the deceased person, and favorite food.
Dia de Los Muertos begins every year on the 1st of November (All Saints Day) which all deceased children and saints are commemorated. On November 2nd all adults are remembered.
The spirits are said to descend to earth to enjoy the gifts their earth-bound family members offered. This entire tradition creates a union between the living and ancestors. After the Day of the Dead we are left with a strong appreciation for life here on earth.
We have created this museum to commemorate, admire, and share the love that artisans put into their hand made creations which make up one of the most rich and diverse cultures in the world.