Honor Your Loved Ones: Build an Ofrenda (Altar)

Posted on 10/27/2015 3:50:30 PM

Día de los Muertos, known in the United States as Day of the Dead, has origins in Mexico that date back thousands of years. It is a spirited, festive celebration of life and a time of remembrance in honor of the dead. One of the ways to remember and honor the deceased is building an altar (Ofrenda).

Ofrenda (altar)If you are interested, we invite you to build an ofrenda for a loved one and share with others to see. You can build one on your own, or build one with a group and/or organization. Create a traditional Día de los Muertos Ofrenda or choose a theme. For example, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. You could choose pink flowers, pink candles, etc. together with pictures of family or friends who have lost their battle with breast cancer (los difuntos)

The ofrenda (altar) exhibit will be held in the Blue Room in Sutton Hall. Setup of the ofrendas is on November 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Ofrenda Exhibition starts at 3:00 p.m. 

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