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DIA DE LOS MUERTOS by Tammera

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Day of the Dead
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Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it is a national holiday, and all banks are closed. The celebration takes place on November 1, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day (November 2). 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. They also leave possessions of the deceased.

Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. The holiday has spread throughout the world: In Brazil, Dia de Finados is a public holiday that many Brazilians celebrate by visiting cemeteries and churches. In Spain, there are festivals and parades, and, at the end of the day, people gather at cemeteries and pray for their dead loved ones. Similar observances occur elsewhere in Europe, and similarly themed celebrations appear in many Asian and African cultures.

The Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico can be traced back to its indigenous pagan cultures. Rituals celebrating the deaths of ancestors had been observed by these civilizations perhaps for as long as 2,500–3,000 years. In the pre-Hispanic era, skulls were commonly kept as trophies and displayed during the rituals to symbolize death and rebirth.

The festival that became the modern Day of the Dead fell in the ninth month of the Aztec calendar, about the beginning of August, and was celebrated for an entire month. The festivities were dedicated to the goddess known as the “Lady of the Dead”, corresponding to the modern Catrina.

In most regions of Mexico, November 1 is to honor children and infants, whereas deceased adults are honored on November 2. This is indicated by generally referring to November 1 mainly as Día de los Inocentes (“Day of the Innocents”) but also as Día de los Angelitos (“Day of the Little Angels”) and November 2 as Día de los Muertos or Día de los Difuntos (“Day of the Dead”).

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TOP TEN (2) WINNER IN #1 MOST FAVORITES CHALLENGE:‘Día de los Muertos’

I knew I wanted to be an artist at age 4 (Full story: Click on full portfolio, Click on my name)

I am permanently disabled and work at home. Previously, I have been employed as Art Director at California Manufacturers Association and Production Artist at SMW Communications of Sacramento CA.

I studied art at The Academy of Art in San Francisco 1977-79
Mediums:
Oils. Acrylics. Watercolors. Pastels. Inks. Charcoals. Graphites.

Currently I am focused and self taught in Digital Art.

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Comments

  • billyboy
    billyboyabout 2 years ago

    WOW this rocks Tammera!!
    And thanks for the history. Kinda cool the way they celebrate the dead… makes Halloween seem like child’s play :-))

  • no kidding huh!!….I love this tradition!! so much an artist can imagine!!
    thanx so much for stopping by hon!!

    – Tammera

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooabout 2 years ago

    amazing work!

  • thank you so much Boo!!

    – Tammera

  • Rhonda Strickland
    Rhonda Stricklandabout 2 years ago

    Wow, creepy cool….

  • thank you hon!! I kinda like creepy around this time of year!!

    – Tammera

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedabout 2 years ago

    10-14-12
    Congratulations! Your Halloween image has been featured
    in ★ART UNIVERSE★ – Please click the banner to see all the entries and comment♥

  • Feature!!~~
    how wonderful hon!! thanx so much!!

    – Tammera

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanabout 2 years ago

    Well Done Tammera!

  • thank you so kindly Heather!!

    – Tammera

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorabout 2 years ago

    Outstanding!! :)

  • thanx much my friend!!

    – Tammera

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanabout 2 years ago

    enjoyed the read Tammera….learn something new every day..and the image is very striking!

  • thanx so kindly Linda…
    it is always so wonderful to learn new and interesting things isn’t it!!

    – Tammera

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful work, great writing and information! Congrats on the Imagewriting feature!!!!

  • thank you Angie…I loved learning more about this holiday in the process of doing this work!!

    – Tammera

  • RGHunt
    RGHuntabout 2 years ago

    16 OCTOBER 2012 - SUPERB !!!!

  • FEATURE!!~~
    WOW!!….So exciting!! thanx kindly hon!!…;-D

    – Tammera

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelabout 2 years ago


    18.10.12

    awesome work .. many congrats on the feature

  • FEATURE!!~~
    Thank you so kindly!!…;-D

    – Tammera

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