Do you have a food-themed Dia de los Muertos altar?

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At the 2011 unveiling of the Emma S. Barrientos sign at the Mexican American Cultural Center, namesake Emma Barrientos was honored with a Dia de los Muertos altar. Laura Skelding / AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Between “The Book of Life” hitting theaters and my requisite bunch of marigolds on my fireplace mantle, I’ve been thinking a lot about Dia de los Muertos this year.

Since living in Texas, I’ve tried to incorporate the altar tradition into my Halloween festivities. It wasn’t something I grew up with, but when you lose special people in your life, finding new ways to remember and honor them just becomes part of the grieving process, no matter your heritage.

Next year, I’d like to write a story about some of the foods that people leave out on their altars. I’ve heard of cookies, candies and sweets, of course, but many of you might set out a portion of your ser querido’s favorite soup, bread, breakfast or snack. If you (or someone you know) has a special food-related Dia de los Muertos story or recipe to share, I’d be really honored to talk to them and share their story with readers.

If you know someone who fits the bill, would you please email me at abroyles@statesman.com? Dealing with such intimate matters of the heart can be a delicate thing, but in the spirit of Day of the Dead, sharing these stories of loss and life can be a beautiful thing.

At the 2011 unveiling of the Emma S. Barrientos sign at the Mexican American Cultural Center, namesake Emma Barrientos was honored with a Dia de los Muertos altar. Laura Skelding / AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

At the 2011 unveiling of the Emma S. Barrientos sign at the Mexican American Cultural Center, namesake Emma Barrientos was honored with a Dia de los Muertos altar. Laura Skelding / AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

 


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