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Sweet Death

Canasta de frutas

Calaveras

Catrinas

Alfeñiques

Calabazas

Borreguito

By Jesús Aguado

There is a saying, “With sweets, the pains are less,” and devouring death is even more joyful.

Every year during the weeks leading up to Day of the Dead, the Feria del Alfeñique is set up on Plaza de la Soledad in front of El Oratorio. Vendors offering a wide array of figurines handmade from sugar are open for business every day from 10am to 10pm until November 5. The brightly colored confectionery figures, alfeñiques, are placed on altars as offerings for the departed so they can return to their world with a sweet farewell.

Prices for the candy figures vary widely from about 2 pesos for a small piece to around 180 for a larger, more elaborate creation.

 

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