Day of the Dead

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Day of the Dead is not what you may be thinking. This is a Mexican national holiday that focuses on people coming together to pray for, and remember, their family and friends who have died.

The celebration takes place on November 1st and 2nd, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day(November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using skulls, marigolds and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. There are similar observances that occur in Europe, Asia and Africa as well.

The Day of the Dead celebration I attended in Albuquerque boosted several sentimental and creative alters. Family members couldn’t help but talk about their loved ones when I stopped to look at the beautiful creation they made in their honor.

It was a full day. The program included a movie, “Su Excelencia” Honoring 100 Years of Cantinflas, a comedian, an alter contest, an art market, face painting, food, refreshments and more. Check out the pictures from the celebration below.

My purchase. It’s a coaster. I put it in my home office.

Honoring the Mexican artist, Frida and her husband, Diego.

Honoring pets.

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2 Responses to “Day of the Dead”

  1. Lynn (NM Enchantment) says:
    November 3rd, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    What a fabulous collection of pictures! Thank you so much for sharing a holiday deep in the roots of New Mexican people. I hope you enjoyed your time in our state!

  2. Permed to Natural says:
    November 5th, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    I am glad you liked my pictures.

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