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in Mexico november 1 and 2 celebrate Dia de los Muertos. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. Toys are brought for dead children (los angelitos, or “the little angels”), and bottles of tequila, mezcal or pulque or jars of atole for adults. Families will also offer trinkets or the deceased’s favorite candies on the grave. Ofrendas are also put in homes, usually with foods such as candied pumpkin, pan de muerto (“bread of the dead”), sugar skulls and beverages such as atole. The ofrendas are left out in the homes as a welcoming gesture for the deceased.2 Some people believe the spirits of the dead eat the “spiritual essence” of the ofrendas food, so even though the celebrators eat the food after the festivities, they believe it lacks nutritional value. Pillows and blankets are left out so that the deceased can rest after their long journey. In some parts of Mexico, such as the towns of Mixquic, Pátzcuaro and Janitzio, people spend all night beside the graves of their relatives. In many places people have picnics at the gravesite as well.
A common symbol of the holiday is the skull. (with wikipedia help ;) )
figures like this is part of celebration. this ofrenda was for Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.

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mexico, dia muertos, ofrenda, frida kahlo, diego rivera, skull, marigolds

Comments

  • queenenigma
    queenenigmaover 4 years ago

    wow sooooooooooooo beautiful

  • thank u so much, its very kind of u

    – Inese

  • CiaLundTorroll
    CiaLundTorrollabout 4 years ago

    These are very well done.

  • thank you!

    – Inese

  • MikeShort
    MikeShortabout 4 years ago

    This is great – can you give me more info about it? mike

  • thanks for interest and favoriting too. in Mexico november 1 and 2 celebrate Dia de los Muertos. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. Toys are brought for dead children (los angelitos, or “the little angels”), and bottles of tequila, mezcal or pulque or jars of atole for adults. Families will also offer trinkets or the deceased’s favorite candies on the grave. Ofrendas are also put in homes, usually with foods such as candied pumpkin, pan de muerto (“bread of the dead”), sugar skulls and beverages such as atole. The ofrendas are left out in the homes as a welcoming gesture for the deceased.2 Some people believe the spirits of the dead eat the “spiritual essence” of the ofrendas food, so even though the celebrators eat the food after the festivities, they believe it lacks nutritional value. Pillows and blankets are left out so that the deceased can rest after their long journey. In some parts of Mexico, such as the towns of Mixquic, Pátzcuaro and Janitzio, people spend all night beside the graves of their relatives. In many places people have picnics at the gravesite as well.
    A common symbol of the holiday is the skull. (with wikipedia help ;) )
    figures like this is part of celebration. this ofrenda was for Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.

    – Inese

  • MikeShort
    MikeShortabout 4 years ago

    Wow Inese thank you for such full info. My wife is Spanish, from Valencia, so I am familiar with ‘All Souls Day’ as we would call it in England but it sounds much more extensive in Mexico. This ofrenda for Diego and Frida is wonderful as befits such an amazing couple of artists. Keep up your work – it is brilliant. Cheers Mike

  • thanks, Mike! i hope one day go back to Mexico, its so beautiful!

    – Inese

  • Michele Markley
    Michele Markleyover 3 years ago

  • thank you for featuring my work ;)

    – Inese

  • Michele Markley
    Michele Markleyover 3 years ago

  • wow! thats great! thanks everybody for voting ;)

    – Inese

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