Thursday, November 02, 2006

Dia de los Muertos

The Day of the Dead, (most often celebrated in the Mexican way) is a holiday I love. It follows the Halloween, and it's a celebratory remembering of relatives and friends who've passed through the veil to the next world. As a child, we only "celebrated" by going to church, but the Latin home-based version is becoming more and more popular, with shops selling the ubitquitous skeleton folk, papel decorations, marigolds, candle and decorated sugar skulls. Here's another take on this holiday from Vancouver, B.C. Of course, a little explanation is in order for non-Catholics. Halloween is an abbreviation of All Hallow's Eve, (with it's present day influences from Ireland-the trick or treat and turnip lantern carving-which evolved into pumpkin carving in the North America), Nov. 1st is All Saint's Day, and Nov. 2nd is All Soul's Day. Think of a Xian Memorial Day in the fall instead of spring, and you've kind of got the idea.

3 comments:

Pandabonium said...

I like the sectarian version I grew up with - we dress up weird and people give us candy. Otherwise we TP their house or soap their windows.

Don Snabulus said...

Ladybug has us celebrating both and it is very nice. I wonder if she's found my offering yet...



thsko -
There was a young man from Fiji
Having a gift for playing Parcheesi
Should play some Sorry
K drives a Volare
Oh, at least he doesn't play Ouija.

BLAZER PROPHET said...

What kind of a gift would I buy for someone's family that's dead?