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.