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Dia De Los Muertos

 

A Week Of Images

Celebrating the Day of the Dead

 

A holiday typically celebrated November 1st, Dia de los Muertos celebrates the lives of those who have gone before us.  It is believed that the dead would be insulted if we were to be mournful in their remembrance - so we are to celebrate with food, music, dance and parties... things they would have enjoyed.  On Dia de los Muertos, the dead are also a part of the community, awakened from their eternal sleep to share celebrations with their loved ones.  And so you will see people dressed as calacas (skeletons) or wearing calavera (skull) masks... portraying the dead brought to life.  They will be dancing about happily, enjoying themselves, often in fancy clothes - posing and entertaining.  Calacas and calaveras appear everywhere during the holiday: as dolls, in paintings, even as candies.  There's nothing creepy about it... it's joyful and beautiful and so much fun!


Dia De Los Muertos

 

A Week Of Images

Celebrating the Day of the Dead

 

A holiday typically celebrated November 1st, Dia de los Muertos celebrates the lives of those who have gone before us.  It is believed that the dead would be insulted if we were to be mournful in their remembrance - so we are to celebrate with food, music, dance and parties... things they would have enjoyed.  On Dia de los Muertos, the dead are also a part of the community, awakened from their eternal sleep to share celebrations with their loved ones.  And so you will see people dressed as calacas (skeletons) or wearing calavera (skull) masks... portraying the dead brought to life.  They will be dancing about happily, enjoying themselves, often in fancy clothes - posing and entertaining.  Calacas and calaveras appear everywhere during the holiday: as dolls, in paintings, even as candies.  There's nothing creepy about it... it's joyful and beautiful and so much fun!


comments (16)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 26 Oct 2015, 02:07
This is a fine image, Maam.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you kindly, Sir!
i like this image of the jars with the candles and the greetings and names of the dead written on the lables Elizabeth...

Dia De Los Muertos is not all that different than Halloween... except that it's not driven by commerce....petersmile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes, I think there's just no meaning at all to Halloween. This is a sacred ritual, with nothing grotesque or frightening about it. It's a bit like our Memorial Day... On steroids! smile
  • Lisl
  • Batheaston, Bath
  • 26 Oct 2015, 06:22
However it is celebrated, they must still miss their loved ones, Elizabeth
What a fantastic celebration Elizabeth, have you taken part in this for long?
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 26 Oct 2015, 06:41
Oh, a moving custom and a wonderful way to remember the loved deads! Are we in New Mexico?
  • Chris
  • England
  • 26 Oct 2015, 07:15
This all sounds very joyous Elizabeth, just as it should be
This is rather a nice idea. Halloween is dreadful
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Oct 2015, 07:50
It sounds very similar to our Hallow'een in terms of dressing up but we do it on the eve of All Hallows (All Saints Day). It is good that people do remember those sadly no longer with them.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 26 Oct 2015, 08:16
A beautiful way to remember. And I will buy in to a celebratory spirit.
What a wonderful celebration it is. I like that you have explained it so well for our European and Englsih friends.
It looks like a beautiful occasion Elizabeth.
Great idea!
Super capture, Elizabeth, and your explanation is far better than mine of the celebration.
I like the picture, you might like to read the comment I gave Frank about what happens over here.
Quite a nice image Elizabeth!
A happy focus

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