Day of the Dead Altar / Parsonal Shrine Making / Obon (お盆)

 Mexico thedayofdead

Two years ago, I went to see Terracotta Army at Moesgaard Museum in Jylland. 
They also had exhibitions of different burial styles from all over the world.
I was particularly interested in the colorful diorama displays from the Mexican "day of the dead" altars.

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           Dia De Los Muertos (Day Of The Dead) from Youtube

 

Source https://www.youtube.com/watch


 Pan de muerto  The dead bread 

Made with orange blossom water and orange peel strips

 pan mexico Source http://www.elementaloaxaca.com/cultura

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  Dia de los Muertos Matchbox

It is a very unique style of mini Nicho display   

kobako

Source   http://www.microjivvy.com/dia-de-los-muertos      


 

Dias De Los Muertos Birthday Diorama
Anyone can make a personal Altar.

nicho us

Source  http://livingdlife.typepad.com/creative-endeavors-in-liv

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  nicho deco3 1

nicho deco3 

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 nicho

It is important to use easy-to-seperate materials like cardboard boxes, design paper,
decorative film etc. to make disassembly easy when the time comes to discard it.

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 nicho deco2

LED string lights, LED Tea LightCandles (or flickering effect)
Using a hole puncher, some Rexlace with craft beads.
 

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paperdeco marigoldOfrenda Marigold Tutorial

3 cm wide, 25 cm long crepepaper tapes 4 times folded.
Center of 8 layers papers hold with a stapler.
Then cut the 4 corners of 8layers.
Cut 12-16 equally spaced slits.
Crumble up the paper layers one by one.
Ball shape or hemisphere shape is your choice.

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 nicho box behind 

I made a battery holder box.
Use toothpaste box or candy package, since they are the right size for that.

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 nicho ting

 Decorative accessories from the snacks, dolls and Lego piece.

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Making an altar with your children, good chance to talk about your family heritage.
Thank you for your visit.

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 display obon Source http://www.takayamashoji.co.jp

 A Household Shinto Altar ( Japanese Shintoist customs)  

I don't have knowledge of buddhism or shintoism.
However you can see the shinto altar is similar to “Dia de los Muertos” style.

 

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agunasu Source http://yagiken-memoria.com

 
I'm impressed by decoration from Shinto in some parts of Japan, there the vegetables are meant
to be a vehicle for ancestor's spirits to visit our world.
The cucumber is meant to symbolize a quick travel, like the ancestors come to visit by horse.
The eggplant is meant to symbolize a slow travel back, so the ancestors leave on a cow's back carrying souvenirs.

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 nekonote   Papel Picado by paper doilies  Soruce https://dennasideas.wordpress.com

    Upcycle deco free printable cans labels  Source https://www.bespoke-bride.com

  Day of the Dead Craft   Sugar Skull Dolls  Source https://www.bluebearwood.co.uk

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