Making a Dia De Los Muertos Ofrenda with Kids

We have been observing Dia De Los Muertos every year with the kids. There are so many activities, events, displays for the girls to experience both in L.A and in San Diego and I love it. I didn’t grow up knowing about Dia De Los Muertos so it’s a beautiful thing to see this Mexican celebration be part of my kids’ life. Their grandma puts an altar together every year and we made the process into a family activity because Dia De Los Muertos is a family celebration, after-all.

 

The CASAGRANDES gifted us a kit that included Dia De Los Muertos candles, a sugar skull, picture frames, and acrylic paint and brushes so that the girls could make their very own ofrenda. Ji loves any activity where she can get creative and Dahlia loves to paint, so this was a great way to get their right-brain going.

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Now that the girls’ masterpieces were complete, they were excited to put their altar together but they needed to wait until their Day of The Dead picture frames and sugar skulls dried. The next day, grandma gathered our ancestor’s favorite fruits, drinks, and bread. An altar is not complete without ofrendas.

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Tonight, after-trick or treating, the kids will add more of their ancestor’s pictures to the altar and complete all three of the levels.  The top-level symbolizes heaven, the middle level signifies earth and the lower level signifies the underworld of the dead. There’s a lot of information and different Day of The Dead customs but because the girls are still so young, I simplify it by explaining to them that Dia De Los Muertos is a very special day. It’s a day in which we welcome back the memory of our family members who are no longer present but who we love and hold dear in our hearts.

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About The CASAGRANDES: 

A new home in the city holds big adventures, laughs and love around every corner in Nickelodeon’s new original animated series The Casagrandes A spinoff of Nick’s animated hit The Loud House, The Casagrandes tells the story of 11-year-old Ronnie Anne who moves to the city with her mom and older brother to live with their big, loving family, the Casagrandes. Following its premiere, the series moves to its regular timeslot on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. (ET/PT) beginning Saturday, Oct. 19, on Nickelodeon. Starring Izabella Alvarez (Westworld) as 11-year-old Ronnie Annie, Carlos PenaVega (Big Time Rush) as her brother Bobby and Sumalee Montano (Nashville) as her mom Maria, the series showcases the culture, humor, and love that’s part of growing up in a multigenerational Mexican-American family. After moving in with their grandparents in Great Lakes City, Ronnie Anne adjusts to her new life living under one roof and over the family-run mercado (local market), which is a gathering place for everyone in the neighborhood.

 

 

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