Just as we place flowers or flags on graves,
people honor their deceased relatives with altars, special offerings and prayer.
"home" with a trail of marigold flowers.
Papel Picado, used as a decoration on altars and homes,
is tissue paper that has been cut using chisels and special designs.
Sometimes up to 40 banners are carefully cut at once!
Paper Mache figures imitate real life and are funny and satirical.
Altars and arches are prepared for loved ones who have died. Candles, flowers, and food are some of the most typical decorations found on an altar.
How would you like to receive one of these dazzling hand decorated sugar skulls as a gift? Many bakeries will personalize the skull with the name of your choice while you wait.
Local markets burst with color from the marigolds,
called cempachucil, used to decorate altars and arches.
For weeks prior to Day of the Dead celebrataions, local bakeries fill their shelves with
Pan de Muertos, bread of the dead.
The sweet, doughy bread is only made during this time of the year.