*Courtesy of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History's Program of Latino History and Culture*
objects such as animals, miniature plates of food, small coffins, or skulls (calaveras) that are skulpted out of sugar and elaborately decorated.
ancestors; the ones who are given offerings by their families and friends
a hot beverage made with ground corn powder or cornstarch
skulls and skeletons that are shown in a variety of activities
a group of street performers (dancers, singers, and/or musicians) that participates in Spanish and Latin American carnivals and festivities
yellow or orange marigolds, the flower of the dead, used to adorn gaves and altars
giant puppets made of paper mache
a chocolate-based sause made with herbs and spices, usually served on chicken or turkey
an "offering" or altar where food, candles, flowers, pictures and mementos--things that brought joy to the departed person's life--are placed
PAN DE MUERTO
"bread of the dead," baked into different shapes and placed on the ofrenda
"punched paper," paper banners decorated with elaborate designs.