As I said a couple of days ago, I've been preparing for the "Day of the Dead", or "Dia de Muertos". It is also known as "All Saints Day," and it is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. I found the sugar skulls in San Diego, CA., the rest is pretty much an improvisation of the real elements that came out pretty good. The girls were so curious about the whole meaning of the altar, which is to remember the beloved ones that already departed from this world. My altar is quite heterogeneous since all our dead ones are from different parts of the world. We managed to add pictures from the early nineteen hundreds. They are the great-great-grandparents of my daughters. We have Spaniard, Syrian, Cantonese, Mexican, Peruvian, and Argentine ascendancy. The Frida and Diego's pictures are just an extra-special element that represents the liaison between Mexican art and the embrace of this Mexican tradition. OK enough talking.
At night we lit the candels. The altar looked so mystical...
The sugar skulls, the talks about our ancestors, the idea of life after death, gave my girls a new sense of tradition and trascendace. Ofelia was very pleased thinking that someday her children and the children of her children (as she said it) will set an altar for us, quite amazing how she grasped the concept.
Enjoy your weekend.