Image: Day of the Dead 2002, 2

Day of the Dead 2002, 2

Day of the Dead in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, 2002.

Jeannine Baker
© Australian Museum


The essential ingredients in an altera (altar) include:

  • cempasúchil (marigold) flowers - they form the road the dead need to walk on when they return
  • dirt or earth - because we live on the earth
  • ash - because when you die you become ash
  • water in a glass - because the dead are very thirsty
  • meat - because the dead haven't eaten all year, so you put out their favourite food for them

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