Thursday, November 3, 2011

Dia de los Muertos!

Yesterday marked the day souls of the deceased were welcomed home. This Mexican celebration (not to be confused with Halloween) is known for it's festive adornments and intriguing shrines consisting of candy, colored skulls and candles upon candles. Staunch observers prepare for the holiday weeks in advance. Night two of Day of the Dead is a beautiful and fascinating celebration. Fortunately for me, it's also rife with photo ops. Check out some of the shots below taken at outdoors in courtyard of the Church of St. Marks in the East Village in NYC. 

One of my favorite shots - the Virgin Mary and a loco skull with rotting teeth. 

Notes left for the returning souls.  

Below are a few shots from a Mexican folk art shop in the East Village, called La Sirena. It is awesome, but I only got a few snaps in and the owner is apparently very spiritual and photos disrupt the spirits and/or the sanctity of the shop(?). So I acquiesced. 

Some of the traditional Day of the Dead skeleton figurines. My mom collects them and used to display them in our family room when I lived at home. They marginally freaked out my friends. We loved them regardless.

Day of the Dead to-go. Pin on your shirt and keep the skels and spirits with you at all times.

La Sirena

I hope the spirits of loved ones came back to all who wished! Feliz Dia de los Muertos!

Linking to this week:
Time Travel Thursday
Wow US Wednesday
Share the Joy Thursday
Potpourri Friday
Stuff and Nonsense


Debbie said...

This is just awesome! You learn something new every day. Great pictures!

idesign said...

very cool :D

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh, I have a friend who is really into this Mexican tradition. She just loves these. I also have a picture on my post today of a Spanish woman. Have a beautiful day.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Jo's This and That said...

Nice post!I used to teach a lesson on Dia de los Muertos,Thanks for sharing.Love the skulls,JoAnn

Honey at 2805 said...

I've always found the Day of the Dead interest! Thanks for sharing!

And thanks for linking this interesting post to Potpourri Friday!

Hartwood Roses said...

There are some beautiful rose images in Day of the Dead depictions ... I have a favorite baseball hat that I wear all the time that is orange with red roses, a sacred skull, and Dio de las Muertas ... it fits my personality perfectly!

I love your images from the shop ... it's a shame that the owner didn't want you to photograph in there.

Stuff and Nonsense said...

such creepy cool fun

thanks for linking up
to fridays unfolded!


Mary-Sweetwater Style said...

Thank you for the comment on my Library Chair project...too funny that YOUR post is about Feliz Dia de los Muertos as my school is a Spanish Immersion School....our native English speakers spend their school time speaking only in is an amazing thing to watch them go from Kinder to Quinto and become totally fluent Spanish Speakers! Feliz! I am a new follower!

Cindy said...

Fascinating photos!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Love the art that comes from this day. Colorful and interesting captures. Thank you. :)

KP said...

I need one of those pins.....keep those skels and spirits close so I can keep an eye on them!!

Kelsie From Our Country Home said...

Great photos...How wonderful to be surrounded by culture and art...I do miss that about living in city.

I am a new follower.


Kathy said...

I had never heard of this - amazing photos -
I might be with your freaked out friends! :D

Retired in Ann Arbor said...

WOW-- what an interesting festival and great pictures! The images look very medieval-- great collage fodder?

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Super cool! I love the skulls!

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