Wine for the dead.

Each year at this time, I reflect on all of the family, friends and pets who have passed on.  Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of The Dead, is a revered holiday with indigenous roots, observed November 1st & 2nd, primarily in Mexico, but also in other parts of the world.  The purpose is to honor loved ones who have passed and beckon their spirits back to earth, by creating elaborate ofrendas or altars.  Possessions from the departed are placed on the altar, including their favorite foods and beverages.  Additional decorations are calaveras de azucar/ sugar skulls, papel picado/ perforated paper and cempasĂșchil/ marigold flowers, bringing vibrant colors and invoking positive feelings for missed loved ones. 

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