You could make your own decorations for your Dia de muertos (Day of the Dead) altar or you could buy them.

 

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The altars to the dead will be present in certain partner businesses of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, while respecting the instructions for physical distancing:

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𝗔̀ 𝗹𝗮 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗲́ 𝗱𝗲 𝗡𝗗𝗚 ♥ ️ | Altar presented at Café 92

Created by Café 92

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We would like to thank Café 92 for sharing the #traditionsdumonde with the community of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.

“The 𝗖𝗮𝗳𝗲́ 𝟵𝟮 has been an important part of the NDG community since its opening 12 years ago. Over time, we have known clients for years who unfortunately passed away too soon. With this altar, we wanted to honor their memory, because they have been an important part of our history. "

The @ Café92 created its altar with the traditional elements, such as sugar calaveras (skulls), openwork paper, a glass of water, salt and hot chocolate, as well as candles and cempasúchil flowers placed alongside pan de muerto, a traditional brioche.

Thank you very much to Claudia for her support and collaboration during all our editions of the Day of the Dead NDG.

𝗔𝘁𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗲𝗿 𝗱❜𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗲𝗹𝘀 𝗽𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗹𝗮 𝗙𝗲̂𝘁𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝘀 𝗠𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘀 🏵💀 🏵 | Altars presented at Cafe92

Created by 6th year primary school students from the Michèle-Provost Academy

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Following our workshop to develop an altar inspired by the Mexican tradition of 𝗝𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗱𝗲𝘀 𝗠𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘀, the 6th year elementary students of the Michèle-Provost Academy share their creation with us.

Special thanks to 𝗠. 𝗙𝗿𝗲́𝗱𝗲́𝗿𝗶𝗰 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲, 6th grade teacher.

𝗘𝗻 𝗵𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗮̀ 𝗢𝘀𝗰𝗮𝗿 𝗖𝗵𝗮́𝘃𝗲𝘇 ♥ ️ |

Altar presented at Sandrini Confections

A creation of the Hernández Guerrero family

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The altars of 𝗗𝗶́𝗗𝗶 𝗱𝗲 𝗠𝘂𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗼𝘀 (𝗝𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗱𝗲𝘀 𝗠𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘀) are sometimes dedicated to public figures in order to honor their heritage and celebrate their life. The 𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗮́𝗻𝗱𝗲𝘇 𝗚𝘂𝗲𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗿𝗼 family created this altar to pay homage to 𝗢𝘀𝗰𝗮𝗿 𝗖𝗵𝗮́𝘃𝗲𝘇 (March 20, 1935 - April 30, 2020), a great Mexican singer and songwriter. This artist, known primarily for his social activism through music, has died of COVID-19.

This altar was made entirely with bread (migajón de pan) and includes traditional dishes like mole, tamales, pan de muerto (bread of the dead) and fruits. Colorful papel picado (openwork paper), sugar calaveras (skulls) and cempasúchil flowers help us turn grief into a celebration of life. Other items, such as the guitar, stool and microphone, as well as the glass of tequila, are offerings for the singer 𝗢𝘀𝗰𝗮𝗿 𝗖𝗵𝗮́𝘃𝗲𝘇.

𝗔̀ 𝗻𝗼𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲̂𝘁𝗿𝗲𝘀 ♥ ️ |

Altar presented at Métèque

A creation by Julieta, María, Erika and Eleazar.

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For 𝗝𝘂𝗹𝗶𝗲𝘁𝗮, 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗶́𝗮, 𝗘𝗿𝗶𝗸𝗮 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗘𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘇𝗮𝗿 the celebration of 𝗗𝗶́𝗮 𝗱𝗲 𝗠𝘂𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗼𝘀 (Day of the Dead) is a way to remember their ancestors, born over 100 years ago. The altar allows them to tell this story to younger generations, and offers the opportunity to teach their children where they come from.

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The cempasúchil flower, the candles, the glass of water and the salt are symbolic elements which guide and purify the spirits of the beloved and help them to cross the threshold between the worlds. The pan de muerto and the sugar calaveras, for their part, symbolize the proximity of death and life, as well as the importance of food and joy. The clay dog ​​is a xoloitzcuintle, which according to pre-Hispanic tradition is believed to guide spirits to the afterlife, also known as Mictlán.

𝗣𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗻𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝘀𝗼𝘂𝘃𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗿 𝗱𝗲 𝗻𝗼𝘀 𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗱𝘀-𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 ... ♥ ️ | Altar presented at La Meunerie Urbaine

A creation of Abigail and her family

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𝗔𝗯𝗶𝗴𝗮𝗶𝗹 and his family made this altar by hand to pay homage to their grandparents. This is a model that we would install at home during the celebration of the Day of the Dead (𝗗𝗶́𝗮 𝗱𝗲 𝗠𝘂𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗼𝘀).

The arch of cempasúchil flowers symbolizes the threshold between this world and the hereafter and guides the spirits to the house on the night of November 1. A two-tiered altar, like this one, symbolizes heaven and earth.

It features photos of loved ones who have passed away alongside some of their belongings, as well as their favorite foods, like tamales, fruit, candy, chocolate, and pumpkin.

𝗔𝘂𝘅 𝘃𝗶𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲𝘀 𝗱𝗲 𝗹𝗮 𝗽𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗲́𝗺𝗶𝗲 |

Altar presented at Élémentaire Café

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𝗟𝘂𝗰𝘆 𝗦𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗹𝗼 𝗲𝘁 𝗝𝗳 𝗝𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗲𝗹 share this altar with us to honor the memory of COVID-19 victims around the world. Making an altar is a way to live through grief and face the present. While some altars exhibit the intimate and personal characteristics of traditional offerings, others maximize their symbolic potential to tell particular stories, related to current events or politics.

This altar was made in the traditional style of Jalisco. The colorful papel picado alludes to the wind, while the cempasúchil flowers and candles guide souls on their journey to the afterlife. Other elements, such as calaveras, remind us of the close relationship we have with death and humanize our fears.

𝗔𝘂𝘅 𝗲𝗻𝗳𝗮𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝘃𝗶𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲𝘀 𝗱e la 𝗖𝗢𝗩𝗜𝗗-𝟭𝟵 | Altar presented at Le Cheese Truck


𝗔𝗹𝗲𝗷𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗿𝗮 𝗱𝗲𝗹 𝗩𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲, from
𝗟𝗮 𝗟𝘂𝗻𝗲 𝗦𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗹, share this altar with us
dedicated to the memory of children victims of
COVID-19.

The celebration of 𝗗𝗶́𝗮 𝗱𝗲 𝗠𝘂𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗼𝘀 is a way
to mourn the loss of those who died too soon. In
plus traditional cempasúchil flowers, altars
dedicated to children include toys as offerings for them to play, as well as candy and
food to welcome them in our
House.

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The candles and the color white symbolize their innocence and purity of mind, while the light guides them on their return home.

𝗔̀ 𝗺𝗮 𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗱-𝗺𝗲̀𝗿𝗲 ♥ ️ | Altar presented at Club Voyages Selectour

Creation by Vanessa Árcega

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The symbolic power of objects is an important element in the # celebration of 𝗗𝗶́𝗮 𝗱𝗲 𝗠𝘂𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗼𝘀 (Day of the Dead). 𝗩𝗮𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗮 𝗔́𝗿𝗰𝗲𝗴𝗮 wanted to pay tribute to the memory of Bertha Pérez Rangel, her grandmother, who loved to make clothes. So she decided to add to her altar a small sewing basket with threads and ribbons.

The style of this altar represents the province of 𝗣𝘂𝗲𝗯𝗹𝗮. Cempasúchil flowers and candles show souls the way, while water and salt purify them after their journey. Other types of figures, such as calaveras (skulls), remind us of the proximity of life and death. The Day of the Dead is joyous, and for this reason it is important to “spoil” the deceased with the things they enjoyed during their lifetime, such as chocolate, fruit and candy.

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𝗨𝗻 𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗲𝗹 𝗺𝗲́𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 ♥ ️ | Altar presented at Westhaven Community Center
A creation of the Padilla family

An altar of 𝗗𝗶́𝗮 𝗱𝗲 𝗠𝘂𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗼𝘀 is also a way to connect our past and our present. Through the making of the altar, families come together and new generations can learn where they came from.
This is the case with 𝗳𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲 𝗣𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗮. As newcomers to Canada, making the altar together has been a way to connect with their Mexican roots. For this family that lives far from Mexico, the altar has become a way to reconnect with their traditions and to face the nostalgia felt for their culture.

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The symbolic elements found in this altar are the cempasúchil flowers and the candles, which guide the spirits. Water, symbol of life, purifies them, while food allows them to restore themselves after a long journey.

𝗔̀ 𝗹𝗮 𝗺𝗲́𝗺𝗼𝗶𝗿𝗲 𝗱𝗲 𝗺𝗲𝘀 𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗱𝘀-𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 ♥ ️ |

Altar presented at Che Churro.

A creation by Diana Luna and Nicolás Laurin Luna

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For 𝗗𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗮, this altar is a way of meeting the spirits of his grandparents. Diana's four grandparents arrived in Mexico as refugees from the Spanish Civil War. The altar is also a way to tell their story to the next generation.

The 𝗝𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗱𝗲𝘀 𝗠𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘀 is therefore a day to say "welcome" to them and to give them as offerings the elements that they appreciated the most when they were with us: a bottle of Brandy for Wenceslao Luna Zaldívar and a photo of Madrid for Francisca Husillos Cantalapiedra. While waiting for Diana's maternal grandparents, a small shell is left on the altar for Laureano Poza Juncalé, he who loved the sea so much. There is also a special place for Eliza Díaz Riva, with a good chocolate. 𝗗𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗮 𝗲𝘁 𝗡𝗶𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗮𝘀 also pay homage to their sweet pussy Tammy, reserving a colorful little box for her.

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