ALTERS

One of the key elements of Dia de los Muertos revolves around ofrendas, or offerings, which are created through a visual display of altar-making and grave decorating.

Hand Craft Pottery

Dia De Los Muertos Celebration

Alter Event Details

Thank you for your interest in participating by creating an altar.
The altars are truly heart and soul of this important cultural event.
This year the event will take place on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 from NOON until 6:00pm

Important Notice!
Selling merchandise at your altar is strictly prohibited!  Violators will be removed from the premises immediately!
3 Steps To Reserve an Altar
1. Fill out the Online Altar Sign Up Form
2. Fill out the Waiver form.
3. Wait for a confirmation email from us! Once you have filled out the online application form and have sent a signed copy of the waiver, we will contact you with a map, instructions and altar space number.

Before filling out your application, please read through the following rules and instructions:
Cancellations must be made 72 hours in advance of the event.

We STRONGLY encourage you to start your altar the day prior to the event, or at least drop off your altar supplies. You can start as early as Friday at Noon. You are allowed to work until 6:00pm. On Saturday you are able to arrive as early as 7:00am and you must be completely done with your altar by 11:00am.

Please be respectful of the altar space by bringing large trash bags to clean your space. Please do not leave a trace of trash. Those with altar spaces not left clean of trash and debris will not be allowed to return the following year.

Please respect that this is a FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT!

Please plan ahead, arrive organized and as early as possible for an enjoyable setup-experience. Thank you.

The Fire Department doesn’t allow the burning of candles! You can illuminate your altar with battery powered candles or otherwise.

Altar height is limited to a maximum of 10 feet.

Electricity will be provided – bring a 14 gauge 75 foot grounded extension cord for you to connect.We allot 5amps of 110v power per altar – if you need more power please let us know in advance.

We want to thank you for your participation with this amazing event. We look forward to working with you. If you have any questions please contact me. Thank you!
Ashley Warner
info@diadelosmuertosventura.com

Creating your Altar
One of the key elements of Dia de los Muertos revolves around ofrendas, or offerings, which are created through a visual display of altar-making and grave decorating. The offerings, a main focal point of the observance, echo the dedication and distinct love that is presented toward the dearly departed. Altars can be created through a wide spectrum of dedications, depending on one’s creative desire. The altar includes the four main elements of nature – Earth, Wind, Water and Fire.

Earth is represented by the crop: The soul is fed by the various earthly aromas. Placing fruit or favorite family dishes on the altar provides nourishment for the beloved souls. And of course, Pan De Muerto.  A sweet treat for the spirits. Design on top is meant to look like skull and crossbones.

Wind is represented by a moving object: Paper- Mache is commonly utilized to represent the echoes of the wind.

Water is placed in a container for the soul to quench its thirst after the long awaited journey to the altar. Water is also used for the means of purification.

Fire is represented by a wax candle: Each lit candle represents a loving soul, and an extra one is placed for the forgotten soul.  *Please remember that there is no open flame at our event!

Incense (incienso) Made of copal, which is pine resin, and used to communicate with the spirit world The Cempasuchitl-Marigold known as “The flower of the dead” blossoms in the valleys of Mexico during the months of October and November with a bright yellow color and is central to altar decorating. This flower aids the spirits to wander back.  Also with the petals, paths are set to guide the souls to the ofrenda.

Pictures are widely used in honor of the individual you are paying homage to as well as some of their favorite clothing, perhaps a hat or a shawl.  For the children, they place small toys.

The Skull – The common symbol of the holiday is the skull which is celebrated and represented by decorative masks called calacas. In addition sugar skulls are also tastefully created and inscribed with the names of both the honored and living recipients on the forehead as a means to remind us of our own mortality.

Catrina (la catrina) A female skeleton figurine wearing a wide-brimmed hat and dress common for upper class Mexican women in the late 1800s and early 1900s.