Dia de Los Muertos

November 1st and 2nd of each year marks the welcoming of loved ones who have passed away. Marigolds are a huge part of the tradition.  It is said that the strong aroma of the marigold and the bright orange color serve as a guiding light of direction back.  The Aztec name of the marigold is cempasuchil, a Nuahtl dialect.  Food such as pan de muertos (bread of the dead), and water or liquor are always part of the altar.  to quench their thirst from their travelsMy mother has been installing altars (ofrendas) since my adolescence. My mother is now 85 and without fail she build altars annually.  These photographs were taken by me last year as she was building an ofrenda at her art gallery/studio namedTonalli, located in East Los Angeles, California, where my mother was born and raised, and where I was born and raised.  This altar was in dedication to her family.  My mother installs multiple altars in Southern California for Dia De Los Muertos.  Her home base for her muli media printing background is Self Help Graphics in Boyle Heights, so each year she installs a very large altar in their gallery.  The Day of the Dead opening reception for Self Help Gaphics and Art was September 17, 2017.  The altar she built for that is beautiful, as all of her altars are.  My mother is artista Ofelia Esparza.  She will have a number of altars installed at her studio, Tonalli Studio, by a number of guests she has invited to do so. Tonalli Studio is located at 4539 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue, Los AngelesCA







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