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Mexico: objects used for the altar setting on Día de Muertos 2019-2020

Religious candles are the most widely used items on Día de Muertos offerings in Mexico. According to a survey carried out from October 2019 to March 2020, 79% of repsondents said that votive or prayer candles were included in their altar setting. On this day, Mexican families often prepare altars in honor of the deceased. Other items such as food, including a traditional sweet bread called 'pan de muerto', flowers, and photographs of the deceased were also considered by most respondents as an essential part of this ritual.

Items included in altar offerings on Day of the Dead in Mexico in 2019 and 2020

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Release date

March 2020



Survey time period

October 22, 2019 to March 10, 2020

Number of respondents

4,000 respondents

Age group

18 years or more

Method of interview

Computer-assisted web interviews (CAWI)

Supplementary notes

* Candles used in religious ceremonies.
** Traditional Mexican sweet bread consumed on the previous days to Día de Muertos.
Día de Muertos offerings are displayed on altars in honor of the deceased, which are usually assembled in Mexican homes during the celebration taking place in the beginning of November.

The source asked the question in the following way: "¿Qué acostumbras poner en tu ofrenda?"

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