The aura at El Centro is lively! The altares are located upstairs, while downstairs there are multiple activities for children. The mole feed is also located downstairs. There is not one room that isn’t filled with people. The room that has all the altares is very colorful and a little crammed. There is a group walking down the hall playing their instruments and making beautiful music. Behind them, a group of people are following them as they head downstairs to play their music. Downstairs, the children are getting their face painted, making bracelets, and coloring in pictures of Calaveras. The mole feed is also located downstairs. This room is especially filled with people. Everyone is either in line for food or sitting talking to friends and family.
Everyone is here and ready to set up the altar! As soon as we walked in we were able to get a glimpse of the altares that other groups have set up. Although the only people here are those in class, the room feels lively. Everyone is trying to decide how they want to set up their altar. My group is setting up the altar, which we are going to dedicate to farm workers. The set-up of the altar was very therapeutic. Everyone gathered together to create something that was larger than life. Everything that we were doing had a purpose and allowed us to be creative. Overall, setting up the altar helped those who were creating it see the beauty that death has to offer.