🎃💀 How to Build a Día de los Muertos Altar 💀 🎃 Here’s how to offer a proper reception. • A large photograph of your loved one is the centerpiece. Smaller, informal snapshots can adorn the lower levels. • Water or, more typically, fruit punch is served to refresh a spirit after his journey. • Pan de muerto, or “bread of the dead,” is a sweet treat. Found at most panaderías, the round loaf is topped with a skull and crossbones. • Salt, a symbol of purification, is for the dead to season the food you’ve offered him. • The deceased’s favorite knickknacks, food, or tools (if he was a barber, for example, his straight razor, foam brush, and scissors) create a familiar setting for his return. • Cempasuchitl, the Aztec term for “marigolds,” grow and wilt quickly, reflecting the fleeting nature of life. Their aroma helps lure a spirit back. • Papel picado serves as a colorful and meaningful trim: Black represents death, purple means grief or mourning, pink is for celebration, white symbolizes hope, and yellow stands in for the sun. • Four candles at the top represent the cardinal directions and provide a lighted path to this world. • Sugar skulls, or calaveras, add a lighthearted touch—for both the dead and the living. • Burning copal is a holdover tradition from the Aztecs, who used the incense as an offering to the gods. It is still used in Catholic funeral masses. ... #mtlfood#mtleats#mtlblogger#cheatdayeats#tastemtl#cafe#fall#foodlove#lejourdesmorts#mtlmoments#prendresoindesoi#bouffe#manger#coffee#bonappetit#yul#yuleat#montrealphoto#montreal#montrealfood#mtlmoments#mtlbouffe#ondejeune#mtlcafecrawl#followme#mtlstreetart#atwatervillage #diadelosmuertos.