Wordless Wednesday: Dia de los Muertos Party photo
We attended a Dia de los Muertos party in Cardiff on November 2nd, our second time attending - lots of people, abundant food, music, and a delightful time with lots of people dressed up and with their faces painted as is tradition. Common decorations include calacas (skeletons) and calaveras (skulls).
Dia de los Muertos ("Day of the Dead") is a Mexican tradition (but celebrated in many places I understand), at Halloween time. It’s a celebration of life and death, a time when the spirits of departed friends and family return to visit their families on October 31 and leave on November 2 (I’ve seen a number of different interpretations of this holiday, and the dates, when looking online).
The Day of the Dead tradition is celebrated with special altars, with objects and photos to remember and honor the loved ones who have passed - for me it was my sister and my Dad, for my wife both her parents.
Included are favorite foods and drinks or special remembrances (“ofrendas”) of the departed to entice their spirits to come visit. Altars are decorated with marigolds, which supposedly guide the spirits to the altars because of their color and scent.
If you are interested I posted some more photos on my Instagram page.