Day of the Dead

The Day of the Dead or All Souls’ Day is celebrated on November 2nd, in Mexico. New Mexico and several other countries. Ah ha, almost got ya there, as New Mexico is a state not a country. Never the less, they celebrate it there.
The belief is, communication exists between the living and the dead. Differing from the Roman Catholic ritual to commemorate All Souls’ Day, the custom established by pre-colonial Mexican civilizations became a ceremony where indigenous beliefs blended with Catholic beliefs. Therefore, the Day of the Dead is not a mournful celebration, but a happy and colorful one where death takes a friendly, and party like atmosphere.
Having spent a lot of time in Mexico, as well as New Mexico, I am fascinated with the creativity that accompanies the Day of the Dead celebration. Since it is just around the corner I thought I would share some fun examples of Day of the Dead folk art, one of the many wonderful things that inspire me.


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2 responses to “Day of the Dead

  1. Leon Greenlee

    How far have you been in Mexico?

    • I have been as far south as Mexico City on the east, and as far as Puerto Vallarta on the west side. The trips down there were made by car, so we covered a lot of territory in between. I might add this was done years ago when it was safer to travel the roads.

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