Dia de los muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated throughout Latin America to honor loved ones who have passed. Ofrendas (altars) are the heart of honoring those who have died and are adorned with different items that represent meanings of and offerings to those who are no longer with us. The possibilities are endless when it comes to decorating an ofrenda with items that represent the deceased and their lives as well as offerings, but there are some traditional elements that form the foundation of any ofrenda: photographs of deceased loved ones, items loved ones enjoyed when they were alive, candles and calaveras (skulls).
The calavera has different meanings to different people, but this element generally represents those that have passed and who are receiving the gifts that are placed on the ofrenda. The calaveras are brightly decorated to be a festive symbol of the circle of life. We still have hand-painted calavera candles available to place on your altar. Stop by the shop to select yours!