Well first let me say that I think my blog is inspiring some kind of magical travel. The week I wrote about Savannah my mom called to tell me she was being taken on a last minute trip to Savannah. Guess where Sasso is off to this morning? I brought him to the airport at 4am to catch a plane to... Mexico. He bought a ticket Monday night after our weekend in the Berkshires and he is off to a town outside of Guadalajara. Last minute trips are tricky when you freelance so i had to sit this one out. Hmmm... is "Places I Have Never Been" turning into "Places I Have Never Been but My Family Just Went There"? Possibly.
Anyways, about the Dia de los Muertos. What a fantastic holiday this is. It is celebrated in many countries but started in Mexico. It takes place on November 1 & 2 and emphasizes celebrating and honoring the lives of the deceased, and celebrating the continuation of life.
People decorate the graves of loved ones with ofrendas, or offerings, which often include "Flor de Muerto", or "Flower of the Dead". These flowers are thought to attract souls of the dead. People also build altars in their homes, leave out food and bedding for the deceased, and celebrate the lives of their deceased loved ones.
One of the symbols of Dia de los Muertos is the skull, and the sugar skull at that. The sugar skull was a big influence on the skull and flower pattern for Mexico City.
I think the Dia de los Muertos is great and wish it was something that happened more in the US. My dad passed away almost 2 years ago and yesterday was his birthday, (September 11 - which is a strange day for a birthday now). I always try to do little things to honor him on that day, but 2 whole days... he would so enjoy that! This year I'm going to attend the Day of the Dead event at Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain, right down the street from our house. It sounds like a lot of fun, check it out at www.foresthillstrust.org, but being in Mexico for the Dia de los Muertos, that would be amazing!