This altar was in the lobby of the hotel we stayed in in Jalpan. It was close to the sign welcoming us to Jalpan. The cross is made out of salt which is one of the "key" ingredients that must be on the altar as well as water and light (candles). The symbolism is fascinating. Notice how they took cactus and sliced them and made a hole to turn them into candle holders! Clever isn't it?
Then as we traveled away from civilization, literally, and arrived in Tilaco, right near the Mission again, young teenage girls were making altars for a competition that night. I was amazed to see that they were making the altars out of banana leaves, marigolds and WILD ORCHIDS. IT WAS A SIGHT! I can remember as a little girl the first time I saw this exotic flower in a corsage that my big sister had for a prom. And I never tire of being somewhere where orchids are prolific and wild..............magnificent
The tradition of altar making is so different from one region to the next and in many instances it is using the indigenous materials that are available - palms, banana leaves, reeds from the river or whatever and then the other natural materials....................salt, water and light!