Día De Los Muertos

Día de los Muertos beautifully celebrates death as a part of life in the form of flowers, parades, music and food.

There are so many Mexican traditions that I appreciate. Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is one of them. Sadly, I have never been in México on this holiday but someday I must make it a priority.


A lovely skeleton at Casa Vasquez.

Mexicans celebrate their deceased loved ones on this day believing their spirits will come to visit them over All Saint’s (Nov 1) and All Soul’s (Nov 2) Days. In preparation, they decorate the gravesite, or create an altar at home, with a photo of the beloved, marigolds and ofrendas (offerings) of their favorite foods while living. The homemade altars are a thing of beauty.


Wonderful unusual shape of this home altar. (Photo courtesy of atastefortravel.ca)


A fieldworker picking marigolds for the Día de los Muertos celebrations in Los Mochis, a city in Sinaloa, México. (Photo courtesy of Reader’s Digest).


I love this variety of climbing marigolds spotted in San José del Cabo.


Handsome devil.

I was quite tempted to bring home this fellow above. He was rather large, expensive, and getting mixed reviews from the family. He could have kept company with his white friend, pictured above. I bought the white skeleton at Picánte in Tucson, a fun bananza of a store for Mexican folkart. The devil that got away was spotted at the Latin american festival at Bazaar del Mundo.

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