Altars created for the Day of the Dead come alive. Photos, sweet breads, candles, flowers — all are meant to help us remember loved ones who have departed from this world.

Signs of faith from Hispanic Catholics, the altars are located in churches, living rooms and on office desks.

At St. Andrew Parish in Northeast Portland, children took charge of their church’s Day of the Dead altar.

Alejandro Bautista, youth ministry coordinator at St. Andrew, said it is important that new generations recognize those who have died and the importance of tradition.

“We teach our children the relationship we have with those who have gone before us, a unique relationship, in which we remember with joy and emotion instead of sadness and pain,” Bautista said in Spanish.

He recalls the Day of the Dead as a child, when his family would prepare his grandfather’s favorite food.

“That's why I learned to love him without having met him,” Bautista said.