Last year we had the opportunity to celebrate this festival as a community with our homeschool co-op, and it was marvelous. Being the Americans that we are, our festival was probably a bit more subdued than is traditional, but we still had lots of bright color and good food, and we shared a lot of memories. We put together a group ofrenda, or altar, with flowers, candles, sugar skulls, pictures, and mementos. My kids and I made papel picado banners to string above the ofrenda. The overall effect was beautiful:
Here's a closeup:
The sugar skulls, as seen in the photo above, are one of my children's favorite part of the holiday. I've trained them to not consider them edible, but they love decorating them. My oldest was even inspired to make a 'sugar skull' cake recently for a talent show. She's just beginning to develop her piping skills, and she did a great job on this cake:
After only a few years of celebrating it, I love to see my children already embracing this holiday and making it theirs. Since my culture doesn't have any happy rituals involving the dead, I've adopted this tradition wholeheartedly. I love the chance to remember my dad and my grandparents not with a long, sad face, but with joy, and color, and good food. I can't wait to see what we come up with this year.
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