Tania Gonzalez, social-media programming manager for CNET en Español, constructed an elaborate Day of the Dead altar at her CNET desk that pays tribute to defunct devices found around the office while celebrating her Mexican heritage.
"I wanted to share our traditions with the CNET team in a way that felt natural, and I thought that including technology was the best way to go," she says. "Not everyone is as used to seeing altars to our dead love ones as we Mexicans are, so when you use an inanimate object, it's easier to start getting immersed in the tradition."
It's common to construct Day of the Dead altars that honor not only people, but objects and hobbies. Many contests in Mexico encourage the kind of creativity seen in this altar by Tania Gonzalez of CNET en Español.
Marigolds often arch above Day of the Dead altars, and their petals are strewn on the ground leading up to them. CNET's Tania Gonzalez didn't want to toss flowers on the office floor (tripping hazard), so she kept her bright orange marigolds positioned safely on top of the desk.