“The Kitchn” website has a thorough post about the Dia de los Muertos ofrenda, sweet bread and decorations. Check it out here.
Jason Beaubien of NPR has a story about the Mexican people seeking charms/potions etc. to ward off evil in these difficult times (eg the drug war). A snippet said, “At the Sonora Market in Mexico City, statues of Christian icons are displayed for sale next to Day of the Dead figures and narco-saints. Increasingly, Mexicans are turning to amulets and figurines amid the country’s brutal drug war and languishing economy.”
Check out that article here, on the Day of the Dead of all days.
A student recently asked me about the Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico. Of course we’ll look at it in October/November, but here’s a link to a great powerpoint to help him or others get started: