The Spanish-language Twitter account of the White House wrote “Happy Day of the Dead from the Biden-Harris Administration,” and announced that from Monday until Tuesday, “the president and the First Lady (Jill Biden) they will recognize the Day of the Dead with the first offering located in the White House. “
The message is accompanied by photos of the offering, in which highlights the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Fruits, marigold flowers and other types, skulls, candles, pan de muerto, papel picado and even a lottery game, are some of the elements included in the altar, covered by a Mexican serape.
Joe Biden is the first Catholic president in the United States since John F. Kennedy. Furthermore, it is a fervent devotee of the Virgin of Guadalupe, as he himself recognized in a visit to the Basilica in 2012, when he was vice president in the administration of Barack Obama.
Even in the virtual meeting he held with the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, last March, Biden again spoke of his devotion to the Guadalupana and recalled that “I still have the rosary that my son had when he died,” in allusion to Beu, who passed away from cancer in 2015.