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In Honor Of Día De Los Muertos, Here’s How I Want My Ofrenda Decorated When I Die

Día de los Muertos is here. While everyone is getting their family member’s favorite foods and drinks together, have you ever thought about your own ofrenda? Well, I have. A lot of what I want on my ofrenda is the same as everyone else’s but I do have some millennial twists that I hope my descendants use on my ofrenda. Here’s a quick cheat sheet that I hope all of my relatives will follow when it comes to making my ofrenda.

Enshrine my altar with Takis, por favor.

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I will accept the Takis in whole or dust format. Either way, I expect red, spicy dust scattered on my altar, so that when your eyes burn, you think of me.

Better make it look nice though.

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Keep it on brand, mijos. Your mami was a Reina and you better believe the only kind of art I want to consume post muerto is food art.

Paper the walls with memes. 🤗

May the mijos be given the wisdom and knowledge that framed pictures of saints are not needed. My cultural consciousness resides in the meme community.

Diet Coke can co-sponsor my ofrenda.

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I mean, I probably drank more Diet Coke than any human should. I expect you to give me the one thing I loved more than life (literally).

My soul will be thirsty for margaritas.

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My soul is still gay, so make sure you use a variety of food coloring to really draw the homo borracho in me. Please toast in my honor and always remember that love is love is love is love.

Dáme soyrizo porque I’ll be a vegan even in death.

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Please don’t offer me any kind of animal products. I spent my time on earth trying to save all of the animals. Honor my legacy and find vegan options for all of my offerings.

You can be sugar skull lazy. Te permito.

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Mom.Me. 29 October 2018.

If it gives you more time to create Taki dust art, then go for it. Plus, I prefer marshmallows (vegan, plz).

I’m a millennial Latina. Of course I want avocados.

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Give it to me the perezosa way I like it. Crushed in nature’s bowl with un poquito de tajín.

My broke ass only ate potatoes for dinner, so keep it coming.

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I never amassed wealth because of all those avocados, recuerdes? Feel free to carve me a calavera de papa.

Claro, quiero tamales, pan de muerto, y todo, but I also want fries with that.

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I order my burritos with fries inside them. I know. I’m an abomination, but I’m laying my soul out here.

I want lime with that. But it has to be lime caviar.

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Because I’m dead, pendejos. I’m literally elevated now. I want lime on everything, but make it fancy, dale.

I also want salsa art.

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To be clear, I do not want Trump anywhere on my ofrenda. Let this serve as an example of what I expect from all of those who say they love me. Make it political because that’s who I am.

Save all my enamel pins, brujas.

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Don’t you dare sell them. I still want them all. They’ll forever be valuable thanks to my loving memory. 😘

Also give me all my crystals.

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I mean, why even bother putting my ofrenda away. It’s not like you have the storage space for it. Leave it all out for me year round.

Put real-life santos on my velas.

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Acceptable patron saints de mi vida include Jennifer Lopez, Bad Bunny, Gina Rodriguez, and Selena Quintanilla. I’m making this so easy for you.

Los muertos love spilled tea.

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It’s the only time of year the viejas around you will consent to a mess. Spill that tea, mija, I’m laughing for it.

All mis perros will survive me.

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My parents had two kids by my age but I’m over here pampering three dogs instead. Who will ever read this? Ya no sé.

Frame pictures of my loved ones:

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They’re all going to be dogs. But I’ll be reunited with them in the fields of heaven.

Nobody loved a pillow y a cama as much as we do.

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Our parents worked themselves to the bones but I spend my days dreaming of my bed and buying every type of pillow that hits the market.

There you have it. There’s my ofrenda.

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Is there something you would prefer on your ofrenda? Let us know!


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Mexico City’s Annual Día De Muertos Night Bike Ride Broke Records And It Looked Incredible

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Mexico City’s Annual Día De Muertos Night Bike Ride Broke Records And It Looked Incredible

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Dia de Muertos may have officially happened over a week ago (it takes place from November 1-2), however, that isn’t stopping Mexicans from celebrating.

Sure, Mexico City had its massive Desfile de Día de Muertos last weekend and the incredible Mega Procesión de Las Catrinas on the weekend before but this weekend the celebrations continued. And this time, it took place in the form of a massive nighttime bike ride through the city’s most busy boulevards.

Mexico City’s Dia de Muertos night bike ride broke records with nearly 150,000 people coming out to celebrate.

A record 147,500 people took part in the annual Day of the Dead night bike right held Saturday in Mexico City, according to the city’s transportation secretary.

Riders showed up in elaborate costumes and disguises and completed an 18-kilometer route (about 11 miles) along the city’s famed Paseo de la Reforma. The route took the riders through some of the city’s most popular districts and along some of its most popular monuments. The ride then ended in the historic center of the capital city.

A costume contest at the Angel of Independence monument, live music at different locations and the screening of short films promoting the use of sustainable transportation at Plaza Tlaxcoaque complemented the bicycle outing.

Families and even their pets participated in the 11-mile ride.

Mexico City Transportation Secretary Andrés Lajous, who participated in the ride, told the newspaper El Sol de México that one of the most gratifying aspects of the event was to see young children enjoying their city at night. Many families took part including some that took their pets along for the ride, which took place between 9:00 and 11:00pm.

As violence continues to rack Mexico, events like this show highlight the positive events and moments in a country battling rampant drug violence. For many, the event offered a sense of pride as they were able to enjoy their city by night.

The night bike ride was just the latest in a series of major events in the city to celebrate Dia de Muertos.

For many, Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is synonymous with sugar skulls and elaborate ‘Catrina’ face painting. In reality, it’s a two-day festivity that lights up Mexico with colors, flowers, candles and a seemingly omnipresent joy.

Every year, on November 1st and 2nd, Mexicans take part in the adored demonstration of love and respect for their deceased relatives. And though the country’s capital is full of cemeteries to celebrate, plazas decorated in beautiful ‘ofrendas’ and lots of ‘pan de muerto’ weeks before the celebration, there’s one special day in CDMX when visitors will get to see a huge group of beautifully decorated Catrinas walk down the street in a parade celebrating life and death.

This year marked the 6th year that the parade took place. And more than 150 thousand people participated despite cool and rainy weather. Plus, there were nearly 200 professional makeup artists getting everyone looking like the famous ‘Calavera Catrina.’

However, not everyone was able to enjoy their night as some complained of police brutality.

While the vast majority of participants had an enjoyable and safe night, one young woman said that she and other cyclists were attacked by at least 20 police officers late on Saturday.

Twitter user @malitriushka said that after Reforma avenue reopened to traffic at about 11:00pm, the safety of cyclists riding on the road was threatened by an aggressively-driven Metrobús.

The woman said that she and other cyclists approached police to ask for assistance but were beaten and accused of theft. “As a cyclist, as a woman, I saw the situation and decided to help. Now I have fractures and am accused of theft,” she wrote on Twitter. “They beat me and with false testimony they say I stole a hat,” the woman said in another post.

She also said that her boyfriend and three other people were detained by police and that their cell phones, which had recorded the incident, were confiscated.

Here’s The Woman Behind The Stunning Marigold Bridges In ‘Coco’ And Her Ofrenda Art

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Here’s The Woman Behind The Stunning Marigold Bridges In ‘Coco’ And Her Ofrenda Art

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This weekend is sure to be a special time at the Hollywood Bowl as Disney and Pixar’s Coco will be screening a live-to-film concert experience like no other. Stars like Miguel, Eva Longoria, and Benjamin Bratt made appearances at both screenings and the iconic film was accompanied by a full, live orchestra.

However, there was one other star making her presence felt this weekend. While she might not be taking the stage or even be known to some, she is a legend in the world of Día De Los Muertos. Meet Ofelia Esparza, who for the last 40 years she has been behind hundreds of ofrendas, or alters, honoring loved ones who have past.

Her work has been featured in some of most famous museums including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Japanese American National Museum, the National Museum of Mexican Art, internationally at the first Day of the Dead exhibit in Glasgow, Scotland. Just last week, Esparza and her daughter, Rosanna Esparza Ahrens, had an exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.

This weekend, Esparza and Ahrens showcased a three-level ofrenda right outside of the Hollywood Bowl venue. The ofrenda greeted guests attending the showings of “Coco.”

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Esparza, 86, who was born and still lives in East L.A, has devoted most of her life to creating alters. She learned many of her craft skills from her mother in Mexico and in return has passed on these traditions to her nine children. For Esparza, alter making is more than just a form of expression but an obligation that has made its way through multiple generations to honor loved ones who are now gone.

While Esparza has never met her great-great-grandmother, she knows of her through years of alter-making. Without this craft being passed down through multiple generations, she says she might have never known much about her and credits this tradition for intimately connecting her.

“My mother passed this on to me at a very young age and it always stuck with me that I have to carry on these traditions because if we don’t then who will,” Esparza said.

Using an array of photos, candles and vibrant carnations, Esparza’s alters stand out for their use of giant multilevel structures. The alters range from personal, political and even spiritual. Her work has garnered her many awards including just last year when she was recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) as a 2018 National Heritage Fellow.

“I’m touched that people look at my work and want to learn more about this. It goes beyond just Día De Los Muertos but celebrating and honoring those who have past,” Esparza said. “To me that’s the biggest honor, being able to teach people about what alter making is really about.”

Esparza has followed through with many of the traditions her mother taught her at a young age and continues to pass this on. In her 40s, she became a school teacher where she included Mexican culture into her curriculum, including Dia de Los Muertos celebrations. This has included speaking at schools, museums, community centers, prisons, and parks throughout LA county and across the country.

Her expertise and passion for alters led Esparza to be a cultural consultant for “Coco.” Many of the scenes, including the famous flower bridge, were ideas that came from her.

Credit: Javier Rojas

Esparza was approached by Disney and Pixar to be a cultural consultant for the Oscar-winning film. She says that many details and scenes seen throughout the movie came from some of her feedback including the famous marigold bridge scene where ancestors cross over into the land of the living on the Day of the Dead.

“I gave them a lot of feedback on certain things including what the bridge that connects the two worlds of the living and the dead represents,” Esparza said. “It was incredible to see that come to life and for people to resonate with that message of crossing over into two worlds.”

When asked about the popularity of the film and what it means for new generations to learn about Día de Los Muertos, she says it makes her happy and only asks of one thing.

“I want people to know that Día de Los Muertos is more than just putting on some skull paint but a true honoring of those who are no longer with us.”

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