October 30, 2015: Día de los Muertos Ofrenda
For this artifact of the week, we want to wish you a happy Día de Muertos! Here is a mock ofrenda showcasing some of our Día de Muertos artifacts. An ofrenda, “offering,” is a collection of objects placed on an altar in the home for someone who has passed away, usually associated with the holiday Día de Muertos, a day of celebration and remembrance for the deceased. While regional and familial traditions vary as to the objects and symbols placed on an ofrenda, common themes include placing objects inviting to the deceased, the use of red and orange marigolds (flor de muertos), and calaveras (representations of skulls, often made from compressed sugar).
Check out our exhibit on Día de Muertos on the third floor of Young Hall if you get a chance, and stay tuned for more on these artifacts!