Candlelit Day of the Dead Ofrendas in Jalisco, Mexico
Candles are lit on the Day of the Dead altar to guide the departed back to their loved ones, who await them at the ofrenda.
Day of the Dead ofrendas are the centerpiece of the Day of the Dead celebration, one of Mexico’s oldest traditions and still an important way for modern families to maintain a connection with their ancestors.
Candles left on a Day of the Dead altar certainly illuminate the altar at night for observers and the living, but they have an underlying purpose: to help guide the dead back to their families on the Day of the Dead. On November 1, altars are set up for El Día de los Angelitos, the Day of the Little Angels, which remembers deceased children. November 2 is the main celebration when the spirits of the adults return to their ofrendas.