To our Dead we write poems, we dance,
we joke, but all the while we show them
a deep respect.
This celebration is the mirror where our fears and joys are reflected, and it is the vehicle with which we have a relationship with our dearly departed.
Every year we pray to our Dead, we sing to them, we receive them in our homes.
We feed them, we dress them up, we prepare an offering illuminated with candles to light their path. We decorate our altar with flowers and colored paper and we protect our Dead by burning copal, creating a welcoming and joyful ambiance in order to share this time together in life.
Isaac Hernández Ruiz, La Casa de Artes
The Burke Museum
October 1, 2003