Friday, November 1, 2013

THE DAY OF THE LIVING DEAD

Happy Dia de los Muertos!
Day of the Dead!
It’s been celebrated for centuries here in Mexico
And originated with the Aztecs…
Who honored their dead for a month…
But when the Spanish took over…
Of course they had to change it.
And they incorporated it...
With the Catholic holiday of All Saints day.
Here in Mexico...
Families go to the cemetery with food and gifts…
That their loved one loved....
Or set up a temporary alter in their home
As you can see in the pic below… 
Offerings, or ofrendas — usually in the form of altars — can feature marigolds along with favorite items.
            Celebration at the gravesite  
Dia de los Muertos is a colorful holiday…
With most images being skeletons

                Catrinas

      Catrinas face painting 
Skeleton Halloween Makeup
       Face painting of skeletons
Receta Pan de Muerto
               Pan de Muertos
It's a traditional bread eaten on this day...
And has an image of a spider.
             
   Calaveras de azucar

    The last one is a pic of actual skull candy
And speaking of pics….
Check out the 1910 vintage photo of Halloween…
Um, yeah…
Those people coming at me would definitely freak me out. 
 Funny Pictures | people  | Halloween 1910 was scarier than today
Have a great weekend...
My computer is still limping along...
Perhaps I can celebrate it with candy and flowers...
And bring all my software back to life?

Always, Em-Musing




10 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The skeleton faces are cool.
I think I've seen some of those characters in that last picture in a few horror movies...

Adam said...

Halloween, like Christmas is a modern form of a Christian holiday meets old cultural and ancient religious traditions from around the world.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Some lovely artwork. Can skeletons be considered lovely?

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Thanks for the nice post about El Dia de los muertos. I live in California, a state with a large Spanish speaking population who celebrate the day, as well as Halloween. It was nice to see the Spanish version highlighted.

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