Food and Drink Offerings

Preparing tamales for Day of the Dead Offerings (Photo Credit: Pernel S. Thyseldew

Food and drink offerings are placed on altars to appeal to the returning soul. The food and drink are thought to help sustain the visiting soul on its journey to and from the living world. Items such as sweet bread loaves or panes de muerto, corn cooked with milk or water known as atole, chicken in a sauce of chocolate and chile called mole and sesame seeds, fruit, tomales, soft drinks, and fresh water.

Altars for children or angelitos have the child’s tastes in mind. Often including a bowl of milk, chocolate, cakes or mamónes, and toys are set out as offerings.

Panes de muerto (Photo credit: Lawndale Art Center)

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