Thursday, October 21, 2010

My Inspiration for Texas Chic-a was Las Catrinas and Day of the Dead

November the second is the celebration of  the  Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) in Mexico.  This special day that honors the dead can be traced back to indigenous cultures dating back to circa three thousand years. The "Lady of the Dead"  festivities in the Aztec culture correspond to the modern Catrina a clay figure that is popular.  The skull is a symbol of this holiday.

I did not grow up in the Mexican border, but I had read and heard about this custom.  The idea of taking food to the departed souls to “entice” them to hear your prayers was interesting but sort of scary when I was growing up. 

Families in modern day Mexico and now in the United States clean the cemetery plots and decorate the graves with “offerings” which include orange Mexican marigolds (Flor de Muerto) . These flowers…( which I will never see in the same light)...  are thought to attract the souls of family members that are gone.

Altars are also prepared for the deceased in the family home. The objects  include Christian influences such as crosses and religious images.  Mementos, pictures, and tons of candles are also displayed. It is traditional to spend time around the altar table to pray and reminisce about the life of the deceased.

source: wikipedia

Need  To Do List:
1.  Read more about “Dia de los Muertos”

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