Dia de los Muertos Ofrendas
Latino Arts’ annual Day of the Dead exhibition, featured a dazzling array of ofrendas (altars) prepared by local, regional, and international artists.
The 2018 exhibit featured a special photography exhibit, La Muerte en Piel, by the Mexican artist Mauricio Silerio, generously provided by the Mexican Consulate of Milwaukee.
Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), a Mexican celebration, is a day to celebrate, remember, and prepare special foods in honor of those who have departed. On this day in Mexico, the streets near the cemeteries are filled with decorations of papel picado , flowers, candy calaveras (skeletons and skulls), and parades.
It is believed that the spirit of the dead visit their families on October 31 and leave on November 2.
In order to celebrate, the families make altars and place ofrendas (offerings) of food such as pan de muertos baked in shapes of skulls and figures, candles, incense, yellow marigolds known as cempazuchitl (also spelled zempasuchil) and most importantly a photo of the departed soul is placed on the altar.
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