Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Celebrations | Posted on 01-11-2011
Tags: celebrate, celebration, culture, day of the dead, dead, dia de los muertos, Ebay, holiday, honor, Mexican, Mexico, November 1, skeletons, sugar skulls
November 1 marks el Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a holiday celebrated in Mexico and beyond. It’s a time to remember, honor, and celebrate friends and family members who have died. The skeleton is likely the most recognized symbol for death. And in Mexican traditional culture, people make skulls out of white sugar. These are considered thoughtful offerings to the returning spirits.
But around my house, sugar skulls might get dissolved into the morning tea.
A safer–and more permanent–way for me to honor el Día de los Muertos, is to display my Mexican folk art paintings. These portray the joy and the sadness associated with the dead. I purchased these paintings in Oaxaca, Mexico… Nah, psych, I bought these paintings on canvas on eBay. They are still hand-painted, one-of-a-kind pieces that celebrate the richness and color of traditional Mexican culture and artwork.
I, for one, have an appreciation for skeletons and their symbolism. Do you?