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Today is Day of the Dead 2015 in Mexico, as well as in many other countries and communities around the world. I realize for those who weren’t brought up celebrating Day of the Dead, it all may seem a little strange, or even disturbing.
But for me, as a child growing up in the tradition, I enjoyed the day and looked forward to the celebration at school and with my family.
At school, we would prepare by cutting out papel picado rectangles from crepe paper and collecting items for the altar. And after school, I enjoyed spending time with my family at the cemetery listening to music, cleaning off grave stones, pulling weeds, and yes, picnicking at the grave sites of our ancestors. The mood was always very festive.
Below, I’ve included photos and links to posts where I talk in more detail about different elements of the festival. I thought you might find them interesting. They include everything from arts and crafts, to food, to photos from Mexico, to the symbolism behind it all. Enjoy!
This and the photo at the top of this post show skeletons in fancy lady’s clothing. We call her La Catrina, the Lady. La Catrina reminds us that, rich or poor, we all end up the same. Below is lovely Jasmin, with a beautiful example of the kind of makeup you’re likely to see on Day of the Dead 2015.
Below, this colorful Day of the Dead pot is simple to make. You need just 6 materials.
You can create a fun holiday magnetic board and use it for holidays all year long!
Take a look at my son’s Day of the Dead photo essay.
In cities all over Mexico, families place Altars for the Dead in their homes as part of their Day of the Dead celebrations. Learn more about the symbolism and see more pictures here.
Happy Day of the Dead!