Expressing traditions

As we walk through the hall of altars we see many different interpretations on what our community is honoring. I noticed the waves of people stopping specifically and taking time to look at this altar. As I stepped closer it looked like an exact replica of what we think an ofrenda/altar to look like. The bright colors & the photos of those being remembered with the pan de muerto all ties the traditions together & is opening space to bring the community together. Everyone was stopping & taking photos while parents were stepping down to their kids to help explain why an altar had specific colors & offerings. Those dressed in dia de los muertos fashion walked with their chins up & caught the attention if those admiring the work & community.

Engaging in celebrations

As the community came together to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos I walked through the Ofrenda halls, passed by the smell of mole, & outside into the mini market. You saw children mesmerized by those dressed in traditional fashions with their face makeup (pictured @ 5:07pm-chose not to be named) & you saw the long lines from the community looking for abuelita hot chocolate with a piece of pan de muerto (pictured @ 6:02pm). The passing out of pan de muerto was allowing for those who didnt quite understand why the pieces of dough were on the ofrendas to take a piece of the tradition. They could feel the sweet bread dipped in the warm cocoa fill their bodies to replicate how the ofrendas were fulfilling the voices of those being honored.