Dia de los muertos

Together with other artists from ‘Maakgemeenschap De Hoop’ we wanted to make an altar to remember and celebrate deceased loved ones. This resulted in a big collaboration with beautiful altars in all different forms and shapes.

These are some of the altars I made.

“The Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos or Día de los Muertos)[1][2] is a Mexican holiday celebrated in Mexico and elsewhere associated with the Catholic celebrations of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, and is held on November 1 and 2. The multi-day holiday involves family and friends gathering to pray for and to remember friends and family members who have died. It is commonly portrayed as a day of celebration rather than mourning.[3] Mexican academics are divided on whether the festivity has indigenous pre-hispanic roots or whether it is a 20th-century rebranded version of a Spanish tradition developed by the presidency of Lázaro Cárdenas to encourage Mexican nationalism through an “Aztec” identity.[4][5][6] The festivity has become a national symbol and as such is taught in the nation’s school system, typically asserting a native origin.[7] In 2008, the tradition was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.[8]