Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Dia De Los Muertos

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Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and around the world in many cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.....in a celebratory fashion, not in a grieving way.

Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars:

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Honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, like the one seen above.

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Marigolds 

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And the favorite foods and beverages of the departed.

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This is actually a two day celebration from November 1st through November 2nd.  With the 1st day honoring the "young angels" or children...and November 2nd is more for rememberance of the elderly loved ones. 

No doubt I will be honoring and remembering many!  Family and friends, alike.  Everyone from my baby sister, Monica, to my best buddy, Juny...to both of my dad's parents and my mother's father.  From Richard's mother, Dina, to friends that were gone too soon.  Unfortuantely....I have a long list to celebrate. 

Take some time.  Light a candle.  Remember the things they loved.  And celebrate them!!!!  Celebrate their life here with us.....and the life they continue to live! 


From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.

~ Edvard Munch

Many blessings....

9 comments:

KLaw said...

I totally want to dress as one of those for halloween one year. The beauty in their faces is amazing!

blueviolet said...

Fantastic explanation and photos!

Tiffany said...

Such a beautiful custom. I also hope to dress as a sugar skull one of these Halloweens. I first need to to find the time to do some makeup rehearsals. That's some serious makeup artistry, at least for me.

Summer said...

HI sweet friend! Love the sugar skulls! I will totally light candles today and tommorrow in honor of all your loved ones you have lossed and your Juny....

I love ya girl
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missy. said...

beautiful. you have given me a great costume idea for next year... haha love it and the dead will always be remembered.

love you.

ps, thanks for taking the color tests! fun to see your results right?! xoxo

Claire Kiefer said...

We have an awesome Dia de los Muertos display at my high school (that the Spanish students put together). It's such a good reminder to honor those who've died . . . I have plenty to honor, too. :( But thank you sweet Meli for reminding us to celebrate as well as grieve!

bananas. said...

oh man i just got a visual from that last quote...ew and gross...and barf a little. lol.

sorry...

ANYWAY...yes i'm always remembering the long gone. you know that.

Pop Champagne said...

that is a really cool custom! I learned a thing or two in this post! thanks for sharing :)

undomestic chica said...

You always have the best posts. I'm sorry you have so many to remember, but I'm happy you're celebrating their life. Love ya girl.

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