Elements of the offerings include:
Incense or copal. The smoke that comes from the copal or incense is the olfactory guide so that our dead can arrive with us.
Candles These represent fire and light. Like incense, they work as a guide for souls.
Flower of cempasúchil. This flower of spongy appearance is also known as twenty petals. They are used mainly to decorate and create paths that guide the spirits of our dead.
Sugar skulls. In ancient times skulls were used for real, then replaced with skulls made with sugar, chocolate or amaranth. Each skull represents a deceased.
Bread of the dead. In addition to being delicious, the bread of the dead is the representation of the skeleton.
We observe this tradition because we grew up with this tradition and learned how to respect it and follow it as we do for our Holy Weeks. And know we our teaching our kids what our ancestors taught us .
Blessings from the Martinez Family
Dios les bendiga
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AUTHOR: ANNA MARTINEZ
Anna is married to Albaro Martinez. They have four children: Oscar, Kim, Alex and Cathy. They have been members of Corpus Christi Parish for about 7 years. Together Anna and Albaro are involved with Hispanic Ministry and Faith Formation. Anna often serves as an interpreter during bilingual and Spanish masses. Albaro is also a 4th degree Knight.