Day of the Dead Altar - Rancho La Puerta
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Day of the Dead Altar

Week of October 23, 2021

The Meaning of the Altar in the Day of the Dead Celebration
Our traditional Day of the Dead altar in the Dining Hall is built by Professor Flores together with students from the University of Baja California, Tijuana.  At dinner, Professor Flores explains the significance of the Day of the Dead celebration and the altar in Mexican culture.   You are welcome to bring a photo of a deceased loved one to place on the altar and to write a thought for the tree of remembrance.

The dessert that evening will include the traditional Day of the Dead bread and hot chocolate enjoyed all over Mexico during these days.


Dr. José Guadalupe Flores was born in Tijuana and studied both in Mexico and the US, obtaining his BA, MA and PhD degrees at the University of San Diego and a Law Degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico.  He taught for 42 years at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Tijuana.  He has represented the Mexican Academic Community in many educational events at UNESCO and other educational institutions.  He has done extensive research on Mexican and Cuban cultural affairs.  He has presented altars during the Day of the Dead celebrations in Spain in Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, Cuenca, and the Canary Islands, as well as in San Diego and at Rancho La Puerta during our yearly festivities.