Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and in other Hispanic cultures throughout the world. When the Spanish colonized Mexico and other western lands, their religious holy days, All Hallow’s Eve, All Saints Day, and All Soul’s Day became intertwined with more ancient indigenous traditions. Dia de Los Muertos, is celebrated by Hispanic cultures to celebrate the memories of ancestors and to celebrate the continuity of life. Dia de los Muertos is celebrated on Nov. 1 (All Saints’ Day) and 2 (All Souls’ Day).
The actual date of celebration varies according to local and traditional customs and around here its the day after halloween. We have been making little "altars" with little skeletons and skulls to symbolize loved ones that we want to be happy in the after life. This is a blurry sample of the eight or so 'calaveras' or skulls that we have made. (all pictures are from my phone)
Without a doubt the 'altars' that I make are far from traditional - they arent even close. I have two more to post in a few more hours when I finish up the little little details. (this is an example of a work in progress)
We are gearing up for a little gathering we are going to have to celebrate this occasion so there will be some food and perhaps even more altars - stay tuned! Mexico on our minds!
Posted by Christo Gonzales at 3:46 PM