Texas to Mexico

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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Calaveras Azucar & Pan de Muerto

Dia de los Muertos

Day of the Dead as celebrated in Mexico! Remembrance of loved ones & continuance of life.
This weekend I ate pan de muerto at a local eatery. It was served as part of the celebration Dia de los Muertos on November 1st, in the US: All Saints Day or All Souls Day. Relatives who have died are honored with displays of the departed favorite food and drinks, as well as ornamental sugar skulls & photos of the deceased. Flowers, particularly marigold & candles are placed on the graves, are supposed to guide the spirits home to their loved ones.
Other symbols include the elaborately-decorated pan de muerto a coffee cake decorated with meringues made to look like bones, skull-shaped candies and sweets, marzipan death figures and papier maché skeletons, female Catrina skeletons dressed in 19th century clothing and skulls. Here in Mexico they view skull as a symbol of life ~ not death. During this time, homes are often decorated in the same manner as the graves. FYI anyone in Austin Texas can visit Mexic~arte Museum & check out the displays & artwork they have this time of the year. I really think with the inclusion of our Halloween here in the northern part of Mexico they have turned the Halloween/Dia de los Muerte into a 3 day celebration!



Blogger Lauren said...

Okay, see the last comment....although I'll just say this, holy crap is that a lot of candy!!!! Man, I always knew Halloween was my favorite holiday!

6:22 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I love all the colors in these pictures. What a carnival atmosphere. My hands feel sticky just thinking about all that candy!

7:33 AM  

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