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Día de los Muertos Retablo made with Cereal

Día de los Muertos Retablo made with Cereal

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The colors. The history. The beauty of Día de los Muertos is really what has captivated our attention when it comes to this Mexican tradition. We’ve mentioned before how Day of the Dead wasn’t always something we celebrated. Growing up, our families did always have their own way of honoring our loved ones who had passed, but it didn’t really involve the full Día de los Muertos experience.

It wasn’t until later on in life that both Juan and I decided Day of the Dead was something we indeed want to observe and celebrate. For us, it’s a celebration of our culture and an expression of the respect and honor we feel for our loved ones. Not only when they are alive, but also when they are no longer with us.

I’ve actually created and submitted a few retablos to local art exhibits for Day of the Dead before.

This year, when we were invited to share our Día de los Muertos experience by General Mills, I knew a retablo would be perfect. In case you’re not familiar, a retablo is basically an alter piece made to pay one’s respect to a specific loved one or loved ones on November 1 and 2 – Day of the Dead. The alters are meant to represent the individual being honored, whether that be through specific items, pictures, or even treats. Anything that you think your loved one would really enjoy!

In this case, my retablo is made almost completely of cereal.

Día de los Muertos Retablo made with Cereal

I used Trix and Lucky Charms purchased at Walmart to decorate the retablo inside and out. Underneath all of that tasty goodness is actually a shoe box I had laying around.

Día de los Muertos Retablo made with Cereal

Once the foundation was built, I focused on adding a lot of little details to my retablo.

You can’t celebrate Day of the Dead without having at least one Catrina.

Día de los Muertos Retablo made with Cereal

Papel picado made a perfect accessory.

Día de los Muertos Retablo made with Cereal

I had some colorful plastic fruit and flowers that ended up looking pretty good on the outside of my alter piece.

Día de los Muertos Retablo made with Cereal

These candles I already had in my Día de los Muertos collection.

Día de los Muertos Retablo made with Cereal

And I couldn’t resist making a couple of balloons with my Lucky Charms.

Día de los Muertos Retablo made with Cereal

This quote by Maya Angelou is one of my favorites.

Día de los Muertos Retablo made with Cereal

This retablo was a lot of fun to make. And guess what? It’s already sparking a lot of conversation around the tradition of Día de los Muertos in our household (including from Edgar).

Mission accomplished!

Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead – What is it?

What is Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos? This is a question that’s been lingering in my mind lately, especially given the new popularity of this Mexican holiday.

Today, I’m taking a jab at answering that question, as well as discussing what the future of this tradition in mainstream U.S. culture could mean. If you have thoughts of your own, I would love to hear them.

Please feel free to share them here!

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Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead - What is it?
Catrina by Dennis Hill