Hispanic K-Pop fans are remembering their favorite idols who have passed.
Currently, el Día de Muertos or el Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is being celebrated in Hispanic cultures. It’s a holiday traditionally celebrated on November 1 and 2. Some localities also include days such as October 31 or November 6. One of its famous traditions is honoring the deceased through building home altars, known as ofrendas (Spanish: “offering”).
Traditions connected with the holiday include honoring the deceased using calaveras and marigold flowers known as cempazúchitl, building home altars called ofrendas with the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these items as gifts for the deceased. The celebration is not solely focused on the dead, as it is also common to give gifts to friends such as candy sugar skulls, to share traditional pan de muerto with family and friends, and to write light-hearted and often irreverent verses in the form of mock epitaphs dedicated to living friends and acquaintances, a literary form known as calaveras literarias.
Ofrendas are usually built by family members, who will include photos of the deceased, saints, figurines of the Virgin Mary, crucifixes, etc. They usually add their lost loved one’s favorite foods, beverages, candy sugar skulls, and marigold flowers to guide the deceased to the altar.
An ofrenda is the offering placed in a home altar during the annual and traditionally Mexican Día de los Muertos celebration. An ofrenda, which may be quite large and elaborate, is usually created by the family members of a person who has died and is intended to welcome the deceased to the altar setting.
This tradition dates back to Pre-Hispanic era. It is believed spirits will revisit their loved ones.
The ofrenda typically features types of decorations that are representative of the four elements. For example, candles are lit on the table to symbolize the element of fire. Papel picado represents the element air because it is so light weight, you can see how the wind moves it. Since food is solid and is grown in the ground, it represents the element earth. The element of water is represented by the glasses of water. It is thought that because the journey to the land of the living is a long one, water is left out to satisfy the thirst of those who made the journey. Incense from the resin of copal trees are also used in the offering in order to produce smells that will scare away evil spirits.
So, K-Pop fans have begun including their favorite idols who left too soon.
This year, ASTRO‘s Moonbin passed away. Many AROHAs (ASTRO fans) have built ofrendas in honor of him, including his pictures.
Several have shared pictures and videos from their ofrendas to social media, which have gone viral, with netizens appreciating the beautiful way of remembering Moonbin.
I wasnt able to get flowers, they were sold out everywhere but I wanted to make a small ofrenda for my moon 🤍 i hope he finds his way easily and i hope he loves it even though its not much ☹️ – – – – #moonbin#astro#aroha#dayofthedead#diadelosmuertos#ofrebda#kpop#kpopfyp#astrofyp#arohafyp#arohatiktok#astrotiktok#moonbinastro
Some K-Pop fans have included other K-Pop idols, such as SHINee‘s Jonghyun and former f(x) member Sulli. We hope that they all crossed the flower bridge to see how loved they are.
They’ll all be loved forever.