Dia De Muertos Altar. October 30-November 2, 2022.

Thursday, November 03, 2022

From end of day October 30th through November 2nd, 2022 -RitualCravt will open the doorways for the ancestors by creating a Día de Muertos altar for community. You are invited to participate by bringing small offerings/ofrendas of miniature toys, fruit, candy, liquor, beer, tobacco, soda pop, coffee, sugar skulls, flowers or pan de muerto (special bread made for this celebration called “bread of the dead”). Please note: all offerings made to the altar will not be returned.

The altar is available for all who care to participate, but we respectfully ask that you do not leave any pictures of the deceased on the altar. The altar space will be active and busy with ancestral arrivals while it is up. This portal requires a great deal of attention and care to ensure that our ancestors are properly greeted, acknowledged and fed. Leaving a picture on the altar would require others in attendance to care for your ancestors in your absence. This can become an overwhelming task very quickly. When you arrive to sit at the altar you can rest assured that your loved ones will be there to meet you and will be happy to receive your ofrendas.

Día de Muertos is a celebration dating back 3,000 years to the pre-Hispanic cultures of Meso-America and observance of the ceremonies honoring Mitecacihuatl-The Lady of the Dead- who watches closely over the bones of the deceased. The influences of the Maya, Toltec, Chichimec, Nahua and other indigenous people remain within the rituals and ceremonies even after centuries of colonization.

The ancient ritual days of Día de Muertos are not sorrowful and weighted with grief as this is considered discourteous to the ancestors. These indigenous traditions are filled with teaching and celebrations of life. During this time, we come to terms with mortality but understand death is not to be feared, instead it is embraced as part of the human experience. The life-death-life cycle teaches us there is life after death. We lose our physical body, but the soul continues to live on in the land of Mictlán (The Land of the Dead). It’s also an important time to teach the younger generations of the ancestors before them and the influence that they have on our lives. In this way, we keep them and the traditions alive.
Information will be near describing the components of the altar. Our hope is to educate those who might be unfamiliar and to spark the memories in those who may have forgotten.

Organized by Lisa Martinez and Samuel Nez of Black Mesa Remedios.