Day of the Dead Altars

I bet this person was either a farmer or John Deere Mechanic, and enjoyed drinking Coors and eating snacks. Note also the Mexican blanket, and marigolds. The different levels often symbolize heaven, earth, and purgatory.

I missed Tulsa’s Day of the Dead celebration at Living Arts Tulsa this year but luckily for me Living Arts keeps the Altars or Ofrendas on display almost up through Thanksgiving.

Somebody after my own heart, Tanqueray Gin and Tonic is my favorite mixed drink (“tank and tonic”).

The Day of the Dead, known in Mexico as Día de los Muertos. Is on November first and second every year and is the days where deceased family members make their way home to spend with the living. The altars or Ofrandas are how the dead make their way home.

A baseball and Budweiser fan.

The ofrendas follow a general pattern. Photographs, foods, flowers, religious items, all play a role. Check this link out for more information.

Some people took great pride in their jobs.

The ofrendas at Living Arts are beautiful and they have meaning. They honor actual people who died and are put together by friends and family members.

A fellow Dallas Cowboys fan. If somebody make an ofrenda for me in the future and they don’t include my photo of myself with a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader in each arm, I’m going to be doing some haunting!


It’s not just long lived grandfathers and grandmothers who have ofrendas. Many of the honored deceased were heartbreakingly young.


I find the Day of the Dead very comforting. I love the idea of honoring deceased family members.

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9 thoughts on “Day of the Dead Altars

  1. Jeanette Olson

    Yes, I find it comforting as well. I’d think from the beer and Deere we’d have a celebration like that around here. Funny coincidence I was just telling my cousin what I’d like at my wake (we’re Irish). I specified shots of Jameson, cold bottles of Leinies, cheese curds and a never ending Fish Fry. Pub crawl music and disco, yup, KC and the Sunshine Band.

  2. Hootin Anni

    I love this traditional holiday. It’s humbling, heartwarming. And to know they celebrate the lives of family in such a way should be followed by other cultures in my opinion.

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