Day of the Dead altars to honor lost loved ones

Posted at: 10/28/2012 9:21 PM
Updated at: 10/28/2012 10:40 PM
By: Staff

Every year, people around Albuquerque and the state make altars to remember their loved ones as part of Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead.

As part of the tradition, altars were put on display at the south Broadway Cultural Center.

There was also face painting, music and art.

"It's a celebration every year," one vendor said.

But it's also a day to help a lot of people grieve. "All those prayers go into it, all those thoughts, and it helps people let go also," Thane Padilla said.

Padilla lost his wife in may. He said while he's seen the exhibit before, this year he said he felt to should make an altar for her.

"Remembering the good that we've gained from knowing them, how they've changed our lives and affected us, shared love together," Padilla said. And this year, there was also an altar for boxing legend Johnny Tapia, who passed away back in may.

"It's a great time for people to construct alters to honor loved ones who passed away," organizer Augustine Romero said. "Sometimes if you look at the alters, you'll see trinkets or special items that were very precious to them."

And vendors said they're noticing a difference each year.

"Every year it gets bigger and bigger," vendor Michelle Montano said. "A lot of people that live in the community and a lot of out-of-towners that are really getting into the Day of the Dead spirit."

The Dia de los Muertos art exhibit will be on display through Nov. 17.