Each family chooses to build in their homes altars of 2, 3 and the traditional of 7 levels, which represent the levels that souls must go through to reach the place of their spiritual rest.
Each step of the altar should be covered with tablecloths, papel picado (perforated paper), mats of tule, etc. At the highest level the image of the saint of devotion of the family will be placed; the second is destined for the souls in purgatory, in the third do not forget to put the salt, a symbol of purification; In the fourth the bread, which is offered as food and consecration; at the fifth placed the seasonal fruit (tangerine, guava, orange, apple, tejocote) and the deceased’s favorite dishes; the sixth is intended to put the photographs of the deceased who dedicated the altar and finally in the seventh is placed the contact with the earth, which is represented by a cross formed by flowers, sedes or fruits.
Each element of the altar has its meaning and importance. For example, copal and incense are used for the purification of the soul and its aroma guide the deceased towards their offering. Through the candles the fire element is represented which has vital importance to light the way of souls. The water, fruit and the dishes serve to quench the thirst and hunger of the souls who are visiting us and so on. In this way the Altars of Dead receive a great importance within our traditions as they represent the connection between us and the world of the Dead.
Undoubtedly the tradition of the Day of the Dead is a great celebration in Mexico where each region and people permeates its distinctive, so we invite you to meet and celebrate with us to the dead, and keep our traditions alive.