The Day of the Dead offering is a tradition that has existed since pre-Columbian times. Its existence is part of the celebrations that we do as Mexicans for our deceased. At Nochiola we give you some tips to put together a very Mexican offering.
Dates: Traditionally, the offering begins to be assembled between October 30 or 31 and remains until November 2 or 3. However, there are those who place it a few days before
Bread of the dead: One of the elements that cannot fail in the offering is the bread of the dead. Now the options go beyond traditional recipes and can be found as diverse as La Otilia's gluten free.
Calaveritas : Sugar, chocolate amaranth or whatever you like. These skull-shaped figures are a representation of the deceased to whom the offering is dedicated, which is why the name of the deceased is sometimes added to the skull's forehead.
Flowers: Flowers are one of the key elements to mount an offering for the Day of the Dead, especially cempasuchil flowers, which in addition to being seasonal (after the rains) are used to give color and life to the offering since their petals they trace the path that leads the way to the souls that will visit the offering.
Candles: One is usually placed for each deceased to light their way. We suggest using soy or coconut.
Arches : They are the welcoming door for the deceased. They can be armed with flowers or petals. of flowers.
Water: To relieve the thirst of the souls who traveled to visit the offerings.
Incense or copal: Represents the air and serves as an olfactory guide for the deceased who come to visit.
Photo of the deceased: To pay tribute to those who are not there and dedicate the offering to them by placing their photo at the top of the offering.
Favorite dishes and drinks of the deceased : There are no rules or limits. It is about pampering the deceased with the dishes they liked the most.
Fruits: Reeds, pumpkin and tangerine because they are in season.
Papel Picado: This piece of the offering represents the air and fills the Day of the Dead offerings with color.