La Ofrenda – Dia de los Muertos

October 16 – November 6, 2023

To celebrate Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead the Sherman will be creating an ofrenda in the garden.

The Day of the Dead is a time for remembrance, family, food and flowers. On the first two days of November spirits of loved ones can visit the living. Great care is taken to guide the spirits into homes and to offer food and drink for their long journey.

La Ofrenda, the offering, is an extraordinary display of candles, favorite foods, and drinks of people who have passed on. The altar serves as a celebration of the life of those who have passed away and traditionally includes elements such as marigolds, brightly colored sugar skulls, papel picado and photographs of the departed.

Tagetes lucida, the most iconic flower of Dia de los Muertos, is also known as Flor de Muerto, Cempasúchil or Mexican marigold.

The Día de los Muertos holiday originated in Aztec culture before Spanish colonizers and the Roman Catholic Church arrived. Today, Día de los Muertos is celebrated by Mexican Catholics and many others in Mexico and the United States. The practice has enjoyed a resurgence in Southern California since the 1970s, when the artist group Self Help Graphics & Art organized a public celebration in Los Angeles. In 2017, the film “Coco” helped introduce a new generation to its tenets and symbolism.

Sherman Horticulturist, Tim Chadd, will create the 2023 Sherman Ofrenda. We would also like to acknowledge advice and support from Genevieve Barrios Southgate from the Bowers Museum on this annual project.

Please feel free to add a photo of your loved one to our ofrenda.