'Day of the Dead' honored around Houston
HOUSTON The Children's Museum of Houston set up a special ofrenda to Benito Juarez as part of their Oaxacan exhibit. Juarez was Zapotec Indian who served five terms as president of Mexico. The ofrenda included a decorated altar, gifts and candles. "What we hope to teach kids and visitors alike just what the culture is about and how there's a celebration even in death," said Henry Yau, Children's Museum of Houston PR Director. Day of the Dead began in Mexico as a way to honor one's ancestors. Families create altars in their homes or cemeteries and decorate them with gifts and offerings of food and flowers which were believed to be enjoyed by the departed.