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The Day of the Dead Celebration

By Nancy Walkup, posted on Oct 29, 2018

Since I discovered the Days of the Dead, Halloween has no charms for me. Yesterday afternoon was the annual celebration for this holiday at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe.



There were crowds all afternoon, partaking in hot chocolate and Day of the Dead bread, making nachos, and decorated sugar skulls at this family celebration.



Every year the ofrendas are different, created by Stephanie Riggs. 



There was music and dancing.



 This is the community ofrenda where people could place their photos and mementos of departed loved ones.



Face painting and nicho making.



 Bread of the dead, shaped like bones.



An ofrenda.



 Another ofrenda.



The community ofrenda.



Face painting and sugar skull decorating.





Nicho making.



 Ofrenda honoring benefactors of the museum.



This ofrenda honored the celebration's Mexico roots.



You can find a lesson to make your own skeleton mask here.