Dia de los Muertos
“Día de los Muertos” by Paul McMillan
Every holiday has its tacky elements, including (especially?) Halloween. People go to great lengths to make their houses look decrepit, chubby children go around begging for candy, and too many women interpret “costume party” to mean “wear as little clothes as possible without freezing to death.” I know there are some fun ways to celebrate Halloween, but I’m usually glad when it’s over. (Maybe because I haven’t been invited to a rockin’ costume party in a long time!)
In contrast, I’ve always thought that the Mexican Day of the Dead was pretty cool. It’s still a bit freaky, but it’s steeped in history and art, and it’s a time to celebrate and remember the dead – not be haunted by them. It combines pre-Colombian art and culture with Catholic traditions leading to All Saints Day.
“The Mexican is familiar with death, jokes about it, caresses it, sleeps with it, and celebrates it. It is one of his favorite playthings and his most steadfast love.” – Octavio Paz
Here are some examples of Day of the Dead art. Enjoy!
Update: NPR just ran a story on this. Check it out here.
by Kiriko Moth