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Mexican Day of the Dead altar with sugar skulls and candles



Día de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead,” is a Mexican festival in which the living honor their loved ones who are no longer with us, four-legged friends included. This vibrant and spiritual affair is meant to be a fun and lively celebration of your loved ones, rather than somber and grim. Here are four ways for you to remember your beloved pets for Día de los Muertos.

Create Your Own Ofrenda

The best way to pay homage to your beloved pet is to set up your own ofrenda, or altar, dedicated solely to your pet. Include things like photos of your pet, their favorite toy, maybe their leash or collar, and their favorite treats and food. Have it up for the end of October through early November.

Share Your Favorite Memories Of Your Pet

Once your ofrenda is on display in all of its glory, invite your friends and family over who were once close with your pet. Gathering around the ofrenda, have each person speak a few words about your pet, and share a favorite memory. This is a great way to keep his/her spirit alive.

Have a Custom Piece of Artwork Made

Just because your pet is no longer living earthside doesn’t mean you shouldn’t celebrate the amazing life they once lived, every day. Have a custom piece of artwork made this Día de los Muertos to remember your pet. Choose from styles like custom silhouette art or a colorful pet portrait. Hang your new artwork at the ofrenda, and afterward give it a permanent space in your home.

Attend a Local Día de los Muertos Celebration

Feel the love and remember your beloved pet alongside several others who are all celebrating the lives of their own special person or pet. Celebrations happen of course all over Mexico, and plenty throughout the United States. Here in Carrollton, there are several Día de los Muertos’ celebrations to attend. Check out local calendars for specific dates and times.

Your departed pet deserves to be celebrated this Day of the Dead, and every day. For more seasonal fun, check out the Union at Carrollton Square blog.