Sunday, November 6, 2011

Dia De Los Muertos

Dia De Los Muertos
This weekend my daughter and I attended the annual Dia de Los Muertos celebration in one of the neighboring towns in southern California.  It was so much fun.  Everything from the art work, vendors, food and altars were muy authentico.  

If you don't know what Dia de los Muertos, it is a Mexican holiday that is typically celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of November to remember and celebrate loved ones and friends who are deceased.  I have always loved mexican art and the craft art produced.  Everything from tin, paper mache, and wood carvings.  I also love the Las Calaveras Catrinas or the Elegant Skulls.  Mexican printmaker Jose Guadalupe Posada create "Las Calaveras Catrina" in 1913 and this image has been incorporated into Mexican imagery ever since.

Papel Picados
(cut paper designs)
Check out all of the colors of the papel picados.  They are so pretty and definitely require a lot of patience to make.  I love how the sun light is shinning on them.

Everyone, even the vendors had their faces painted.  Look how great she looks.  A lot of people had the big flowers in their hair too.

This is one of the beautiful altars with the traditional marigolds on it.

Stay tuned.  I will do a second post with more of the traditional art work and some contemporary.

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