Remembrance and Healing in the Mexican Ofrenda.

Barrick Museum display for Dia de los Muertos invites additions through today.

Arts & & Culture| Oct 31, 2017|By

UNLV News Center A profusion of colorful flowers, an abundance of splendid dishes, and a plentitude of thoroughly cut papel picado brightened by the flicker of candles are all utilized in an ofrenda to honor and keep in mind loved ones who have died.

Students in professor Miriam Melton-Villanueva’s History of Mexico class constructed an ofrenda at the Barrick Museum to show our varied UNLV neighborhood. The function was both to honor their own enjoyed ones but honor those who lost their lives during the Route 91 Music Harvest Celebration. Each student brought a product to place on the altar as a symbol of unity, strength, and remembrance– attributes that emerged throughout the Valley in the aftermath of the Oct. 1 shooting.

These ofrendas, or offerings, consist of an elaborately embellished platform with images of the departed and a few of their favorite items and foods, and these altars can be set up in homes, churches, as well as plazas. Created every year for El Día de los Muertos festivities, ofrendas have actually appeared in Christian calendars throughout All Saints’ Day, and can be traced back to the Nahua celebration in Mexico, miccaihuitl, which means Day of the Dead.

The ofrenda remains up through completion of this week; more additions are welcome.

Written by UNLV trainee Maribel Estrada-Calderon.

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