My dear friend Sandy loaned me her wonderful Day of the Dead dolls to play with this week. These dolls are incredibly detailed for their size, they are only 1 1/2″ tall. They are meant to represent the spirits of loved ones who have departed and are symbolic of the 3 day celebration that is largely celebrated in Mexico, and other parts of the world.
The celebration begins on October 31st, All Hallows Eve, when the children make a children’s alter to invite the angelicos (spirits of dead children) to come back for a visit.
On November 1st, All Saints Day, the adult spirits come to visit. Finally, on November 2nd, All Souls Day, the families go to the cemetery to decorate the graves and tombs of their relatives.
The three-day fiesta is filled with marigolds (the flowers of the dead); muertos (the bread of the dead); sugar skulls; cardboard skeletons; tissue paper decorations; fruit and nuts; incense, and other traditional foods and decorations.
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 Mictecacihuati. The holiday has spread throughout the world. In Brazil dis 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.
I think this celebration is a wonderful tradition. It not only offers an opportunity to celebrate the life of loved ones who have departed, it is also a reminder that death is part of life and the importance of living passionately in the here and now.
These dolls are supposed to bring good luck. Clearly Sandy is one lucky lady for having such a fine collection of these lovely dolls, and I feel pretty lucky to have spent time with them this week. Thanks so much Sandy!
Many thanks everyone for stopping by. Happy Friday! I’m linking up with Kim’s Friday Finds today. Hope to see you there!