Altar de Muertos - Offerings
Seven Level Altar - Four elements The altars are temporary offerings, usually set up at home for their loved ones. It is believed that you are not dead until you are forgotten; therefore, the importance of keeping the memories with pictures, food that they loved, their favorite drinks, personal items, along with cempasúchil flowers, candles, and decorations that will help them guide their souls to heaven. Tradition believes that the souls consume the essence and flavors of the offerings.
The altar is the most popular and the closest to the prehispanic traditions. It represents the seven levels that the soul must cross to have eternal rest. The levels include representation of the four elements, fire (represented with candles), air (represented with papel picado or chiseled paper), earth (represented with seeds) and water (represented with drinks). The seven levels include religious images of Saints or the Virgin Mary, a cross, pictures of their loved ones, their favorite food, drinks including tequila, a special Day of the Dead bread, candles, sugar skulls, toys, an image or figure of a Xoloitzcuintle dog to accompany them in their journey where the aromatic cempasúchil flowers will guide them with its perfume to visit the altar and meet again with those who remember them.
In keeping this tradition, it is with great respect we share with you the altar we set up at the Sanborn's office in San Antonio, TX honoring the memory of our founder, Mr. Dan Sanborn and our beloved agents Mary Staves and Gloria Nunez whose love for Mexico have inspired many of us at Sanborn's.
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