The altars built according to the tradition have seven steps that represents the seven levels that the soul has to go through in order to be able to truly rest. This altar is built in a room spacious enough to hold the altar and the whole family. A day before the altar is built the room is swept with aromatic herbs.
This is what the steps contain.
2- This is reserved for the souls in purgatory.
The offerings placed at the latar are the following:
Flowers in white, yellow and purple representing heaven, earth and mourning.
Candles representing the ascension of the soul They also represent light, the guide in the way to heaven.
Sugar skulls (a prehispanic tradition)
A cross made of calcium lime simbolyzing the four cardinal points.