Today is the Dia de los Muertos, when the gates of Heaven open and the spirits of the dead visit their loved ones on earth.
Celebrated in many regions around the world, the elaborate celebrations in Mexico are the most well known, and most spectacular. Families weed and plant; paint and repair the cemetery plots where they will gather this night to celebrate. Offering mass, songs, stories, food and drink - this is a festive celebration honoring and remembering the departed. Not spooky of morbid in any way, it aims to acknowledge death as a part of life, and encourage one to live life to the fullest - as death will come.
|Decorations abound with marigolds/cempasúchil or flower of the dead.|
|Day of the Dead ofrenda altar from Old Town San Diego. Pix by JDR|
|sugar, chocolate, icing! Oh my...|
|Calacas and calaveras|
The Day of theDead theme inspires me greatly - as you may have guessed by now. This year after my annual batch of polymer skull pendants I have been working on sugar skull tiles! I am glazing them as we speak...
|Jenny's polymer pendant skulls and new ceramic tiles.|
So today, wherever you are, remember your loved ones that are no longer with you. According to Mexican legend, there are three types of death: The first occurs when all bodily functions cease and the soul leaves the body; the second occurs when the body is interred, returning one’s physical shell to the earth; and the final, most definitive death, occurs when no one remembers you. Raise a glass, tell a tale, remember them fondly... and know they are with you.
For more info:: Dia de Los Muertos article