My culture believes that we should honor and be thankful to the people that once took care of us, but who now rest in a better place.
I remember since I was I child, creating altars like this one in front of you all, to celebrate and remember people who were really close to me. It is a tradition in my family to create the altar with many colors like yellow, purple, green, orange, and others that symbolize happiness, love, and memories. These colors create in the altar a sense of joy and awareness, telling our dead relatives that we still care and remember them.
We start by putting a picture of our relative at the top of the altar, then we start adding the things he or she used to love - like the Mexican candy, a guitar, some drinks they used to enjoy, chips, some Mexican dishes, like tamales, pozole, enchiladas, quesadillas, and tacos, as well as sombreros. We also put flowers on the altar, which create a sense of love and care. You may have noticed that there are a lot of skulls on the altar. These skulls are placed to represent death as a natural part of life. They are made out of sugar, and are meant to be eaten after the celebration is over.
In our tradition, we love to remember the people who were very close to us. It’s a way to say thanks and to tell them that even though they’re not physically with us, they will always be in our hearts and in our minds.
- Jorge Romero Gomez ’16, November 4 and 5, 2015