Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a very special time for my family and I. It is a time to celebrate and honor our loved ones, who have passed away. We always build a family ofrenda in our house and have a special meal that consists of tamales and pan dulce to celebrate. My husband and I are raising our son to celebrate this holiday and hopefully pass this tradition on to his own family one day.
This year, I had the very special opportunity to help build an ofrenda for the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy on the Detroit River Walk. 2020 has been a difficult year for many people and for many reasons. It was built to remember and celebrate the lives of all those, who have passed on, that people could visit to keep their memory alive.
It was very special for me to see the community interact with the ofrenda. When I was building it with the help from others, several people stopped to talk about their own loved ones who had recently passed away. Others stopped to learn more about Day of the Dead.
The ofrenda allowed the community to interact with it by leaving the names of their loved ones, who had passed, or special messages for them. It was beautiful to see the amount of messages and the appreciation they had for the ofrenda. I will always treasure this opportunity.
Below are some of my favorite photographs I took.