Folkways Culture Kits
Day of the Dead Altar | Craft Kit
Regular price $37.00
The Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos is a multi-day festival, beginning on October 31st and ending on November 2nd, that honors death as a part of life. For many, this ancient celebration marks the beginning in the cycles of life and the seasons.
Many homes and cemeteries are adorned with numerous decorations and altars or ofrendas during Dia de los Muertos. There are many elements of an ofrenda, one of the most important being the offering of water to quench the thirst of the dead after their long journey back to Earth. Favorite foods and beverages are also offered. There is a family photo and candle displayed for each deceased relative. Marigolds or cempasúchil, which are thought to symbolize death, are placed in abundance on altars and gravesites to guide wandering souls back to their families. Copal incense, made from tree resin, is burned to purify the space and transmit prayers.
In the kit you will find many of the elements used to create an ofrenda. Barro negro mezcal cups to contain libations, a tin of specially blended loose incense, and craft materials and supplies to create a paper marigold garland.
This kit includes:
- 12 large sheets (3 sheets of each color) of recycled tissue paper in:
- 9 feet of cotton twine
- 9 feet of hemp twine
- Tapestry needle
- 2 Fair-trade, barro negro mezcal cups, handmade by the artisans of Collective 1050° in Oaxaca, Mexico.
- 2 oz. tin containing loose incense for burning on charcoal or in a ceramic oil burner. This blend contains copal, yerba santa, white sage and rosemary for welcoming, purification and remembrance.
- Instructional brochure