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Day of the Dead: Honoring our grandmother, Jesusita by Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack and Veronica Gonzalez-Smith

Day of the Dead: Veronica Gonzalez-Smith and Yvette Marquez Sharpnack, with the assistance of a florist, model, makeup artist, and professional photographer created a breathtakingly beautiful altar in honor of their grandmother, Jesusita. The altar here is filled with flowers, her grandmother’s rolling pin, some of her favorite food, photographs of her, and the grandfather the author never knew. The woman dressed as death, wearing Doña Jesusita's veil and rosary, represents the return of her spirit. Some Native Americans believe that the wolf is a teacher and imparts a sense of family and loyalty. The wolf is an excellent representation of Yvette's love of family and loyalty to her grandmother.

The photographs are the work of Jeanine Thurston.

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Day of the Dead: Honoring our grandmother, Jesusita Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack and Veronica Gonzalez-Smith

What is Dia de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead? Día de los Muertos is a time to honor and celebrate deceased loved ones. The celebration occurs on November 2 in connection with All Soul's Day. Unli... read more

El Paso, Texas natives, Veronica Gonzalez-Smith and Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack are sisters and foodies writing a cookbook with their mother, Evangelina Soza titled Muy Bueno: Three-Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor. Visit their Muy Bueno Cookbook.

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