How to Make a Day of the Dead Altar + Video

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a time of celebration in Mexican culture. We create altars, or ofrendas, that celebrate the lives of the family members we have lost. In this blog post, I’ll teach you about the different elements to place on your altars should you decide to celebrate Day of the Dead in your own family.

From marigolds to sugar skulls, perforated papers to photographs, there are some elements that should always go on your Day of the Dead altar. I’ll describe each element below and explain the symbolism that accompanies them.