Visit the library at 4pm today (Friday, November 2) to enjoy some delicious baked goods celebrating Día de Muertos and make sure to stop by Annel Chavez’s (Class of ’21) incredible tribute to her grandfather and Día de Muertos on the first floor of the library.
This Ofrenda I made is for my abuelito, Feidel Chávez, who passed away my senior year of high school. This is my 4th year doing an ofrenda for my abuelito. It’s important to me because it’s a way to connect to my abuelito and my heritage. In Mexico, it’s something my whole family celebrates, and I never really got the chance to celebrate this special day with them. Imagine my grandpa coming back on November 2nd, Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), and he finds one of his ofrendas in Agnes Scott! He would be shocked to find himself at a library of all places in a different state. It’s a very beautiful day in my culture filled with parties, laughter, and prayers. Even though it’s sad that my abuelito passed way, he’s here on that day celebrating and laughing with the family without a care in the world.
The Ofrenda (altar) is placed on a table and covered by a tablecloth. The ofrenda I made has 3 levels; the saying goes that the higher the ofrenda is the closer to God the dead are. I did this by stacking boxes on top of one another on the table (traditionally, if you were in Mexico, this would be done on the tombstone). It’s typically decorated with papel picado (cut tissue paper), crucifix, rosary, cempasuchitl (a traditional flower for the dead), candles, salt, water, drinks, copal (a type of incense), comida tipica (such as mole, tamales,arroz, pozole, menudo, fruits), Pan de Muerto (Bread of the dead), favorite clothing, small toys, cigarettes, liquor, pictures of the loved ones who passed away, Calavera de Azucar (sugar skulls), La Calavera Catrina (Dapper Skeleton), etc. Most of the items above also depend on if the deceased loved ones liked them while they were still in the land of the living. For example, my deceased abuelito (grandpa) liked to eat Fray Vasco de Quiroga (Mexican fruit roll-ups), so I put a small basket of them on his altar.