The meaning behind the altars. 2015

Nov, 2015. These are the altars exhibited during our fifth annual “Día de los Muertos” celebration. Thank you to all artists who participated this year and sharing with the community their ideas, dedications and traditions.

Amor Eterno/Eternal LoveAltar CADdiademuertos2015 (10)

Podrá nublarse el sol eternamente ; Podrá secarse en un instante el mar;
Podrá romperse el eje de la tierra como un débil cristal.
¡Todo sucederá ! Podrá la muerte cubrirme con su fúnebre crespón;
Pero jamás en mí podrá apagarse la llama de tu amor.

Artists: Selene Hernández, Lupita Espitia, Paula Santos, Alberto Santos, Rayo Sanz.

 

 

Los Abuelos (Grandparents)Altars (7)CAdiamuertos2015

This altar is made to honor the lessons taught by our grandparents. Their culture, traditions, and respect are the greatest legacy they could have possibly left us. The elements on this altar more than symbolize something: they are memories that empower us to once again relive and enjoy the presence physically with us anymore. Thanks, grandparents.

Artists: Edith, Angel and Valeria Fuentes.

 

 

Altars (2)CAdiamuertos2015Family Service of the Piedmont remembering victims of domestic

This altar is dedicated to all the victims of domestic violence who are no longer with us. Domestic violence impacts one in every 4 women and one in every 14 men. It can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender.  We hope that this altar brings awareness to the growing epidemic of violence as we remember those we have lost and hope that awareness will light the way for compassion and thoughtful action.

Artists/artistas: Family Service employees and volunteers.

 

Altars (5)CAdiamuertos2015Falta de Identificacion, Muerte de Identidad

The Thriving at Three altar, Falta de Identificacion, Muerte de Identidad, was created by Mothers and volunteers in our Tuesday morning parent group. After in-depth discussions over several weeks about which community issue our altar would be dedicated to, the group of 15 women decided on a focus close to home. They chose to represent the contemporary topic of House Bill 318 and other immigration laws which serve only to make the lives of their families and other undocumented families more difficult if not impossible in the U.S. With this altar, we are honoring the struggle and lost lives of millions of immigrant families against a system currently and historically stained with repercussions of institutionalized racism.

Artists: Women of Thriving at 3 (Triunfando a los tres).

 

Altars (12)CAdiamuertos2015CAN-NC’s Café Mortal: remembering our departed

Aging Network-NC Our altar represents each of our lost loved ones. Café Mortal is an informal monthly gathering, providing a comfortable context to overcome personal fears and explore changing attitudes surrounding death and dying — our own, as well as family and friends. This group is free and open to the public so all are welcome to attend! Learn more through Creative Aging Network-NC at http://www.can-nc.org/cafe-mortal/.

Artists:  Carmen Laufer, Lucia De Ratmiroff, Robert Schwartz, and Lia Miller on behalf of Creative.

 

 

Altars (8)CAdiamuertos2015XANTOLO. Día de los Santos Difuntos

Dentro de la región de la Huasteca hidalguense se celebra el día de muertos como pocos lugares en nuestro país. El Xantolo quiere decir fiesta de todos los santos y es la tradición más importante de esta región. En Hidalgo las celebraciones inician el 18 de octubre, Día de San Lucas. En este día se recuerda a los fallecidos inesperadamente y se les recibe con agua, velas y flores. Se tiene la creencia de que el 31 de octubre se recibe a los angelitos y a ellos se les coloca en la ofrenda juguetes, dulces, chocolate y detalles infantiles.

El 1 de noviembre se recibe a los difuntos adultos y en la ofrenda se coloca la comida favorita del difunto, su bebida, pan de muerto, chocolate. El 2 de noviembre es el día de todos los santos difuntos y se prenden cohetes para avisarles que se les está ofrendando, y se hacen rezos pidiendo por las almas. A la gente que está de visita en las casas se le ofrece comida de la ofrenda. Y por último, el día 3 es el día de la bendición; día de la despedida.

Este altar está dedicado a la memoria de: JUANITA AGUILAR, una abuelita amorosa y adorable. AURELIO ARELLANOS, un patriarca de familia que nunca se rindió ANGELICA ORTIZ, por su ardua lucha por un mundo de igualdad, en su memoria y la de todas las victimas de violencia domestica.

Artistas: Gabo, Dulce, Nathan and Brianna Ortiz, Saul Rodriguez, Omar Guerrero.

 

AltarLos desaparecidos están en todas partes.

A tribute to those forcibly disappeared during the Guatemalan genocide.

Artists: Roderico Yool Díaz (Guatemala)

 

 

 

Altar CADdiademuertos2015 (3)Alter in memory of  Antonia Nuñez Lares.

Latino Family Center and Zepeda Family Margarita Kerkado and Kelly Morales (LFS) and Marta Zepeda.