Dia de los Muertos for Beginners
October 31, 2012 9:24 PM Subscribe
I'd like suggestions for assembling an altar in memory of my father for Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead.
posted by otherwordlyglow to society & culture (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in San Francisco and just today realized that I really want to remember my father as part of the Dia de los Muertos festival in Garfield Park
on Friday. I've read a bit of the website and would like to include traditional and on traditional aspects (I think?). What do I need to include as part of the traditional aspects and where best to get them? I can get anywhere in the city and am assuming the Mission District would be best. Candy skulls, special bread loaves, marigolds? I've seen the candles at Safeway. I can cut flowers from my garden and have various mementos of his and photos that I'd like to include. Is that about the extent of it? I realize that the altar can be whatever I want it to be but I'd like to be part of the tradition. He would have liked it, too.
If you've ever participated in the SF event or other ones, any tips would be appreciated. I've been to the event before and wandered the park after the procession but it's been years and I could use some help with actually participating in the altar-building.