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Monumental altars honor the deceased on the Day of the Dead in Mexico

Puebla (Mexico), Nov 2 (EFE).- With monumental altars of up to seven levels and an average cost of 80,000 pesos (about 4,000 dollars), inhabitants of the municipality of Huaquechula, in the state of Puebla, in central Mexico, They honor their relatives who have died in the last year on the Day of the Dead. Every year thousands of tourists from Mexico and abroad come to Huaquechula, near the municipality of Atlixco, to marvel at the offerings that are surprising for their size and to which they are invited to eat by the locals. The altars, where the offerings are placed, have heights between 3 to 5 meters, in addition to pyramidal structures, which are lined or decorated with bright white cloth, with folds that shape the entire construction. The levels are wide and fruit, bread made in the municipality, food and drinks that the deceased liked, as well as images of children or angels guarding the altar, a mirror, water, salt, flowers and candles are placed on them. What stands out about the tradition of Huaquechula is that the offerings are dedicated to those who died in the 11 months prior to the festival, which is why on this occasion 31 altars were installed. WAITING FOR THE DEAD The devotion of relatives to await the return of their loved ones on the Day of the Dead makes them place in the offering everything they liked in life, as well as their belongings. These altars have costs from 60,000 to 200,000 pesos ($3,000 to $10,000) or more, depending on what is placed and the design and construction materials. According to tradition, on the first floor, which refers to the earthly world, the photograph of the deceased is placed, which must be reflected in a mirror, because his soul cannot be seen directly in it. The second level represents the sky, where the religious image of the Virgin Guadalupe and angels are placed, surrounded by white satin with folds that resemble clouds. In the third and fourth levels the heavenly summit is represented where a crucifix is ​​placed that presides over the entire structure from above. TRIBUTE AND EXPENSE Efraín Téllez, originally from Huaquechula, shared with EFE that the offering in the patio of his house is for his father, Adolfo Téllez, who died on October 13. “I was with him for a long time, we became friends, because despite being my father we were also very good friends, since my brother is in the United States and he could not see him, much less could he come to his farewell,” he said. . He said that the offering with what was necessary for his father’s soul to arrive safely cost 84,000 pesos (about 4,200 dollars) for the structure, food, images and flowers. While María Antonia Coria, also a resident of Huaquechula, told EFE that her altar cost 50,000 pesos (2,500 dollars), which includes the structure of the offering and food at the different levels, in addition to hiring live music and offering food visitors. “The offering is dedicated to my father Adalberto Coria, who passed away last July, on this altar we placed things of his liking such as his hat, belt and sandals that he used in the field, since he loved to work,” said the woman. Meanwhile, Vicente González, also host of the offering, explained that his altar was in honor of his wife, with whom he was married for 42 years and died last June, for which he assured that he put the best altar with all the food that she he liked it, as well as his favorite sweets and soft drinks. She explained that the offering and the food, which they share with the visitors, cost 200,000 pesos (10,000 dollars), but she assured that “it is a worthwhile expense” to remember the love they had for each other, and that she “leave happy to return to the other world” after his visit. In Mexico, the Day of the Dead emerged as a combination of the Catholic religious rituals brought by the Spanish and the commemoration that the indigenous people carried out since pre-Hispanic times. The celebration of the Day of the Dead takes place on November 1 and 2: the first day corresponds to “All Saints”, for deceased minors, while the second is that of the “faithful departed” to commemorate the Adults. (c) EFE Agency

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