Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Dia de Muertos

I wondered as I left the House of Baba Yaga if the strange creatures who live here know of Dia de Muertos, The Day of the Dead.

It seems like something she would celebrate....

From mid-October through the first week of November, markets and shops all over Mexico are replete with the special accouterments for the Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead). These include all manner of skeletons and other macabre toys; intricate tissue paper cut-outs called papel picado; elaborate wreaths and crosses decorated with paper or silk flowers; candles and votive lights; and fresh seasonal flowers, particularly cempazuchiles (marigolds) and barro de obispo (cockscomb). Among the edible goodies offered are skulls, coffins and the like made from sugar, chocolate or amaranth seeds and special baked goods, notably sugary sweet rolls called pan de muerto that come in various sizes invariably topped with bits of dough shaped like bones and, in some regions, unadorned dark breads molded into humanoid figures called animas (souls). All of these goods are destined for the buyer's ofrenda de muertos (offering to the dead).

In most localities November 1 is set aside for remembrance of deceased infants and children, often referred to as angelitos (little angels). Those who have died as adults are honored November 2.

Anita Marie


At 9:32 PM, Blogger Gail Kavanagh said...

I have been reading a lot about Dia Des Muertos recently. Mexican culture has always fascinated me, the colourful clothes, the music, the way they paint the houses - I love the creativity of daily life, the paintings of Frida Kahlo, and I would love to try a sugar skull.

At 1:49 AM, Blogger Imogen Crest said...

Fantastic stuff. Sugar skulls look good enough to eat - delicious! Go Gail!

At 1:54 AM, Blogger Heather Blakey said...

I would just love to celebrate Dia Des Muertos here Anita Marie. You know I had begun to list some festivals we could celebrate and All Soul's Day was one. I think it is the most fabulous day to celebrate and mourn the fact that we Ozzies do not have enough rituals like this.

At 5:23 AM, Blogger Imogen Crest said...

I just found this comment - great idea - and agree. Totally.

At 9:48 AM, Blogger Anita Marie Moscoso said...

Let's Do it! Shall we put together a party planning group for it?

Anita Marie

At 10:09 AM, Blogger Anita Marie Moscoso said...

Hey Heather! Start a tradition for you're a cool bunch I could see Dia de Muertos being something you could get behind.

Love Anita Marie

At 5:13 PM, Blogger Heather Blakey said...

We will do it Anita Marie
I will set up the Dia de Muertos blogger later today and send out invitations to everyone here first.

At 7:06 PM, Blogger Anita Marie Moscoso said...


Anita Marie


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