Went to the annual Día de Muertos celebration on the plaza. Held around the date of All Saints Day, it’s a special time to honor family and loved ones that have passed away.
Activities can be both solemn and festive. Music, dancing, skits and stories about the deceased, personalized family altars, prayers, marigolds, lighting candles and incense, costumes, special foods and drinks, and a procession to the cemetery all serve to highlight the lives and memories of the dearly departed.
We were given a small sample of a traditional sweet egg bread (pan de muerto). Small skulls made from sugar or chocolate (calaveras), and tamales are also popular.
The holiday originated with ancient Mexican natives, and was only held in central and southern Mexico. Today, it is pretty much a world wide day of remembrance.
I took the time to remember my family who have all passed on to the spirit world. Sharing the experience with friends, other families and the community gave a new perspective to my introspections.
Camp: Friend’s Place
Scene: Plaza, shrines, cemetery