Día de Muertos

day of the dead altar at munjo munjo raleigh

Our good friend Sanchez, of Pour Things, came by to help us utilize our window-bank for the season! He's built a Day of the Dead altar, which isn't as ominous as it sounds.

Nov 1 - Nov 2, in Mexican culture (all over Latin America, really), we celebrate Día de Muertos. It's a way to honor our passed friends and family, and lots of latine folks do so through offerings at an altar, like you'll see in our window. There are some standards you'll see in a lot of altars, like the covijas (the blankets), prayer candles, photos of loved ones, and of course the ever-popular sugar skulls! 

The altar is meant to help our lost loved ones find their way back to us, showing photos of our missed ones, and surrounded with the things they loved. They're traditionally built just as Halloween hits, as Dia de los Angelitos (Nov 1) is the day children return to their family, and Dia de los Difuntos (Nov 2) is a day to honor and reminisce on our departed adults.

The latter half of Nov 2 is Dia de los Muertos, to celebrate all who we've lost, often with parades, food, and music.

So that's why our window might see a little colorful and out-of-place these next weeks. Some of our artists will be contributing photos of their friends and family through the rest of the month, so be sure to check it out before we take it down!