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These Instagrammers Showed Their Family So Much Love With Their Día De Los Muertos Ofrendas

Día de los Muertos is a holiday filled with family, love, food and honoring all of the family members that came before you. It is a sweet holiday that is all about death but it is not sad or scary. Every year, millions of people around the world set up ofrendas for their dead relatives offering them food and drinks. The ofrenda is also a way for the family members to travel from the land of the dead into the land of the living to celebrate the holiday with everyone who is still alive. Ofrendas come in all shapes and sizes but one thing is consistent: love and family.

Not ever ofrenda has to be a massive installation in your living room.

Some times the best ofrendas are the ones that keep things simple and keep loved ones as the focus. This altar is all about showing love to a beloved puppers and the abuelitos and padres who are no longer here. 🧡

While food is important as an offering, some times you just have to add a little liquor for the party.

We all know that our abuelitos and padres enjoyed a few tragos in their day. Offering up some liquor for their special day in the land of the living is one way to show them love.

Pan de muerto is a good choice when creating your ofrenda.

Who doesn’t enjoy a little bread with their meal? This is also especially when it comes to a holiday.

Some people are coming together to honor those who have blazed paths in their industries.

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The holiday is all about honoring those who have died and giving them some love. Don’t be shy away from adding your pioneers to the ofrenda. If they made an impact on your life, it might be worth giving them a lot of love.

Your altar can be as big as you want.

There is nothing wrong with reaching for the stars with your installation.

Or you can make them small enough to carry around to show everyone.

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This year, Gabriel had to make his first altar, so he dedicated it to his tío, Cesar Chavez. On it he put photos of his great-grandparents, his grandpa Richard Chavez (with his brother Cesar) as well as Cesar with Helen Chavez and Bobby Kennedy. The way that I was taught, día de los muertos has always been a way to reconnect to the past, and our family history. The truth is, Gabriel did a lot of the work (with assistance from mom and dad of course)- but he knows very well the history of the people behind the images. To him they are part of his living history. It was just last year at this time that we were traveling to Juchitan, Oaxaca. I wanted him to see the traditions as they meant to be celebrated- without the fanfare, but in their true essence. One year later, we begin to pass on the mantle of preserving our history and traditions to the next generation, because I'm the end Día de Los Muertos is equally about the living as it is about those who have taken the journey to Mictlan……#mictlan #diadelosmuertos #xandu #dayofthedead #cesarchavez #sisepuede #vivalavida #altar #ofrenda

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Cesar Chavez’s nephew is using his first every ofrenda to honor his uncle. It’s a touching tribute to a fierce civil rights activist who fought tirelessly for farmworkers in Delano, Calif.

Some towns and neighborhoods came together to create massive ofrendas to honor as many people as possible.

They can be major ofrendas to all the people who have recently died in the town or an offering to the patron saint of the city.

A lot of people prefer taking their altars directly to the cemeteries.

Some people prefer celebrating the holiday in their homes while others prefer going to the cemetery to be with their family. It’s one of the closest ways to feel really connected to your family.

Some people have altars dedicated to one of their most recently departed.

While there’s a lot of fuss made about including a lot of people on the altar, there is something special about using the holiday as a way to grieve. Everyone grieves in different ways and that means some people might use the holiday to come to terms with a recent loss.

Never forget the marigolds.

These flowers are crucial in leading your family to their altar. The flower is referred to as the “flower of the dead” and the scent is said to help spirits find their way to their altars.

Who are you honoring this year for Día de los Muertos?

Comment a photo below of your beautiful ofrendas.


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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.

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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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