Festive cakes are included on the alter as an offering to Gede or other lwa, who might eat it or play with it while mounting one of the sevitè through ritual possession.
Hot peppers are an characteristic part of the Gede ceremonies. People possessed by Gede will drink rum with hot peppers or rub the rum on their bodies.
Rum is an important part of any Vodou ceremony, but it is particularly important in celebrations of Gede, who is the lwa of debauchery and revelry.
The alter is decorated with black and purple fabrics, the colors of Gede, the lwa of death and sex.