October 4, 2008

El Dia de los Muertos

One of my many travel dreams is to go to Oaxaca, Mexico at the end of October for El Dia de los Muertos, or The Day of the Dead. I admit that I've always had leaning toward the macabre, but the real reason I'm interested in this holiday is that it's a wonderful way to celebrate those who have passed on. Mexicans create family alters to the deceased, decorating them with marigolds and sugar skulls, and even have picnics in the cemetary, adorning the graves with tequila and food, as well as toys for poor sweet children who have passed on.

The holiday corresponds with our Halloween and All Saints' and All Souls' days, the 1st and 2nd of November, respectively, which many believe are the days when the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest (oooh, spooky!). I really wish we marked these days in the states the way they do in Mexico. I'd love to take a picnic to my MomMom and PapPap's gravesites for a happy remembrance of their lives.

Over at Go Natural Baby's blog, there's a whole Day of the Dead theme going on, specifically on Sugar Skulls, which are traditionally made for the festivities. There's a recipe for making them as well as an opportunity to win a sugar skull kit and a cool skull tote bag, courtesy of the Mexican Sugar Skulls shop.
It sounds like something fun you can do with your kids, and maybe create a new tradition with your family.

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  1. I guess you could do the picnic anyway, and start a tradition with Soren...

  2. That sounds like a good idea. Maybe I'll take my kids to the cemetery to have a picnic with Nana and Gray.


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