Day of the Dead Altars

El Dia de los Muertos  November 2nd (the Day of the Dead), a Mexican celebration, is a day to celebrate, and remember  those who have departed. On this day in Mexico, the streets near the cemeteries are filled with decorations of papel picado , flowers, candy calaveras (skeletons and skulls), and parades. In order to celebrate, the families make altars and place ofrendas (offerings) of food such as pan de muertos baked in shapes of skulls and figures, candles, incense, yellow marigolds known as cempazuchitl (also spelled zempasuchil) and most importantly a photo of the departed soul is placed on the alta. After we share the altars with the class the altares will be place at the library for other to see during the month of November.