Saturday, November 3, 2012

Dia de Los Muertos

The Day of the Dead holiday in Mexico focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember the family and friends who have died.  November 1st honors children and infants.  November 2nd honors adults.  The celebrations are joyous and festive.  The mood is upbeat and you'll see very few tears.
This is downtown Chapala.  Notice all the Marigolds.  These are the official flowers of Day of the Dead.
Yours truly getting ready to have some fun with the local kids.  In a couple of hours these streets will be packed.
Every year, this street in Chapala is used for constructing altars to honor the dead.
More brightly colored altars
Skeletons are a big deal for this holiday.  They are considered to be good, not spooky.
Her family feels strongly that they will see her again.  I hope they do.
Our friends Joe and Sharon enjoyed the festivities.
The Chapala Panteon.  People go to cemeteries to be with the souls of the departed.  They build private altars containing the departed's favorite food and beverage.
The intent is to encourage visits by the souls so the souls will hear prayers that are directed to them.
My first altar.  Grandma and Grandpa Robinson upper left.  Mom and Dad in the middle.  Below them, my niece Kelly. ( I'm getting a larger picture of her for next year.)  And my Grandma and Grandpa Gwin on the right.

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