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Dia De Los Muertos

 

 

A Week Of Images

Celebrating the Day of the Dead

 

With the idea that the dead are partying with their loved ones, many people

dress up to represent the dead, and they'll portray them in their finest form.

The dead are often portrayed as bride and groom - because presumably

a persons wedding day will have been one of their happiest, and they will

have been dressed up and looking their finest.  These young participants

seem to be confusing this celebration a little with Halloween - which is

a completely different gig... but oh well!

 

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

 

With the idea that the dead are partying with their loved ones, many people

dress up to represent the dead, and they'll portray them in their finest form.

The dead are often portrayed as bride and groom - because presumably

a persons wedding day will have been one of their happiest, and they will

have been dressed up and looking their finest.  These young participants

seem to be confusing this celebration a little with Halloween - which is

a completely different gig... but oh well!

 

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 (15)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 27 Oct 2015, 07:24
I love the idea of the departed being celebrated as if on their wedding day
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Meeee toooooo!!!!
My sort of thing for a camera Ellie. Hope you took plenty of shots.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Oh yah! I believe at some point, Frank said "Michael should be here..." smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 27 Oct 2015, 08:07
Ah! A familiar face or two!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Friends of yours Ray?! smile
I bet you and Frank were clicking away ECB
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: We were doing our best - the crowd was a bit of a problem. But we try to take those moments in and enjoy ourselves!
If you had waited a month.....
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: HA! I do have some friends who chose November 1st as their wedding day - so that every anniversary could be spent celebrating Dia de los Muertos!
They seem having great fun Elizabeth!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They do - they were wondering all over the place posing for photos!
  • Pauline
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Oct 2015, 10:02
What a great, and happy way to remember our loved ones.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I think so!
Yes there does seem to be an overlap with Halloween here Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They both began on All Saints Day - but took very different directions!
All the pops of colour really enhance the shot. Great catch.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks Jacquelyn! I liked how colorful these folks were... smile
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Oct 2015, 12:40
Ah.. hmmm.. on yesterday's posting I thought it was similar to our Hallow-een but now I learn that the two events are separate; oh, well - never mimd Any excuse for party time smile Did you and Frank consider a simialr theme for your own wedding? wink
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: We have Halloween as well - and I really don't care for it. People dress up in any costume and go door to door getting candy... At least these costumes have a purpose!
I couldn't get Frank to wear the makeup... smile
It is a much more joyful way of remembering those departed.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I think so - they make wonderful alters to them as well, called Ofenda's...
Looks like a lot of fun
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It really is - lots of music and performances!
nice shot, Elizabeth... an enjoyable vent for sure
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Ayush! Very joyful!
See, this is the kind of thing I had in mind for ours, would you listen...? Noooo
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Well I couldn't get you to wear that makeup... smile
Totally weird!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Better than Halloween!

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