Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Dia de los Muertos

Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muertos) is one of my favorite holidays. Traditionally, it is celebrated in Mexico every year on November 2nd. During this day, people celebrate by remembering loved one that have passed away. There are many traditional ways of celebrating; some of which include building altars in remembrance of loved ones, dressing up as skeletons, dancing, eating special foods (like Pan de Muerto), a procession or parade, a name call of the deceased, and decorating gravesites with flowers and marigolds. Often, people will also tell stories retelling fond memories of loved ones lost.

This year, I made a skeleton suit by sewing felted bones onto black clothing for myself and my boyfriend. We go a local festival each year, sponsored by a local art gallery called Bare Hands. It is fabulous! I also invested in some "real-deal" face paints from Snazaroo, with were also fabulous! They work just like regular paint...just add water and brush on. Having actual face paints really made all the difference (compared to last year when I just used those cheap paint sticks you can get at Walmart on the Halloween aisle)...better for detail and better for your skin!

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