Remembering | Day 18 of 365 days of stories

October 17, 2010

Day of the Dead Altar, San Antonio
Day of the Dead Altar, San Antonio

I’ve visited San Antonio once, and I was lucky enough to be there around the time of year when Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muerto, is celebrated. So in addition to getting to see such wonders as the Blue Hole and all of the missions, I also got to see many, many beautiful altars, erected for loved ones who are no longer with us physically. Many of the altars were for family members, but this was also shortly after Katrina, so there were quite a few dedicated to the victims of Katrina as well.

This particular altar was more of an educational tool at the Mission San Jose’s visitor’s center. Looking at this vibrant picture makes me want to pull out the glitter and sculpty to make my own homage to my family members who have past. It makes me think – if I were to erect one, what foods would I put out for my great-grandmothers? Coolwhip and jello for Granny Chandler? A candy-bowl full of chocolates for Granny Hurdt? These were some of the favorite desserts they’d pull out for me when I was around, but what was really their favorite?

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