Ofrendas Honor the Dead

Toni Arzaga and Morgan Salars

The yearly two day holiday, Dia de los Muertos, otherwise known as “All Saints Day” or “All Souls Day,” is a celebration of friends and family that have died. This year landing on the Nov. 1 and 2, altars and food were placed in areas throughout the month of October. 

Known as ofrendas, home and public altars are on display during this annual holiday to commemorate individuals who have died. Ofrendas differ in size and design so “each altar can personally please the person they are made for. For my family, my grandpa had a favorite smell so every year we put a bottle of his cologne by his picture on the Ofrenda,” explains senior Sofia Robledo. 

Local communities set up ofrendas for the public to view. Sonoma Mountain Cemetery sets up a large ofrenda with orange and purple colors. The altar has several levels where  every step has pictures of deceased family members and friends. Surrounded by marigolds and Mexican paper-flags, this public ofrenda is for the public enjoyment. 

Local families create frendas around town as well. For instance the art class made projects for Dia de Los Muertos which inspired a local family to