This has been a wonderful Day of the Dead weekend! I'll share photos and stories of the past couple of days soon...BUT!....Susanna and I've been waiting and WAITING for this day to come, Dia de Bloglandia! Dia de los Muertos is celebrated all over Mexico and celebrated differently in various locations. The Indian cultures mixing with the Spanish to bring their own flavor to the holiday. I've read that Dia de los Muertos began with the Aztecs which already had a belief that 'death was sweet' and not to be feared, a phrase that evokes the sugar skulls that are made for the holiday.
Altars or Ofrendas are constructed that contain objects and foods that the deceased enjoyed as well as candles and marigold flowers.
Each Ofrenda should contain something of the 4 elements, earth (marigolds) air (papeles or tissue paper flowers) fire (candles) and water (drinks as well as little bowls of water)
The images above show portions of the Ofrenda we built as a family that includes small vignettes for parents, grandparents...children and pets that have passed away.
After completing this Ofrenda Mr R had a dream that the family members we included were gathered and speaking of their feelings of love and gratitude for this gesture.
I would be remiss if I did not offer my guests some treats.....please help yourselves to little skull shaped candies and beautiful tattoos.
I'd also love to show you around and share some of my Dia de los Muertos art collection....even though this holiday is not something that resides natively in my family tree my brother and I have always been 'dead heads'...as it were....this is a wind soc of his that we fly for the occasion.
and the Dia band playing for my Frida calavera.....
glass sugar skulls by Melissa Clear,
a journal page for the 1 year anniversary of the passing of Mr R's daughter, Lise.
Now....I have a party favor for one lucky guest. If you'd like a chance to win this set of screen printed banners, made by my brother Bruce, please leave a comment here. I'll use the random number generator to select a winner in a couple of days.
Be sure to visit ALL of the other Dia de Bloglandia participants....here