Celebration of Life

Trojanmonk Art Gallery is getting ready for Dia De Muertos Art Show , where we are going to celebrate life and the ones that have left us. An Altar will be displayed, together we can keep our traditions alive.

The origins of the Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico can be traced back to the time of the indigenous peoples of Mesoamerica. Such as the Aztec, Maya, Purepecha, Nahua, and Totonaca. Rituals of ancestral celebration were performed by these civilizations at least during the last 3,000 years. It was common practice in the prehispanic era to save sku lls as trophies and to display them during rituals which symbolized death and rebirth. It is celebrated primarily on the 1st and 2nd of November. Although, in some places it begins on October 31st coinciding with the Catholic celebrations of All Souls Day and All saints Day.

The Offerings and their Significance
Among the elements that are most representative of the altar, you will find the following: An image of the deceased This image honors the highest part of the altar. The Cross Used in all altars, it is a symbol introduced by the Spanish Missionaries in order to incorporate Catholicism to a tradition so deeply rooted among the indigenous as the veneration of the dead.

Copal and Incense
The Copal is a prehispanic item which cleans and purifies the energies of a space and of those who use it; The incense blesses the environment.

The Arc
The Arc is placed at the top of the altar and symbolizes the entrance to the world of the dead.
Papel Picado The paper is considered a representation of the festive joy of the Day of the Dead and the wind.
Candles All of these elements are considered as a light that guides in this world.
Water The water has great importance now that, among other meanings, it reflects the purity of the soul.
Flowers These are the usual ornaments on the altars and on the tombs. The flower of Cempasuchil is the flower that, due to its aroma, serves as a guide for the spirits in this world.

The skulls are distributed all over the altar and can be made of sugar, clay, or plaster with colorful decorations; They are considered an allusion to death and serve as a reminder that death is always present.
Food The traditional meal or a favorite food of the deceased is placed so that the visiting soul may enjoy it.
Bread The bread is a representation of the Eucharist, and can be in the shape of the dead of Patzcuaro or a round dome, decorated with bones in the shape of a cross, powdered sugar, and made with anise.
Beverages These are the favorite drinks of the deceased called “trago”.

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Date(s) - Fri, Oct 14, 2016
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

TrojanMonk Art
508 Sacramento St, Vallejo

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