During the annual Día de los Muertos festivities, people create elaborate altars to honor their loved ones who have passed. These unique altars are an iconic part of Day of the Dead. Take a look at a few of our favorite ways to put together an authentic altar on your own.
Marigolds are ubiquitous during Día de los Muertos, and are usually found on the altars. These flowers are the symbol of death, but they’re not as depressing as they sound. Rather, their scent is meant to draw the deceased back to their homes. As such, some people even leave a trail of marigolds from their houses to the graves of their loved ones. For your altar, purchase some real marigolds from your florist, or decorate with classic Mexican paper flowers.
Of course, you don’t need us to tell you that sugar skulls are a must-have for an authentic altar. We have tons of great skull decorations, but we’d definitely recommend our Tea Light Holders. Candles are an important part of Dia de los Muertos, and we love placing them in these decorated sugar skulls. They create a wonderfully festive look when you light the candles.
To complete the look, include photos of the deceased who you’re honoring — obviously an important part of the altar.
Whether you’re teaching a class about this tradition, or celebrating it yourself for the first time, you’ll be able to put together a wonderful altar with these tips. ¡Feliz Día de los Muertos!