Dia de los Muertos

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

xo

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10 Responses to Dia de los Muertos

  1. Thank you for telling me the story behind this, I never knew that and you are right it is a great one. love the dolls so glad I got to see them close up in your post. Happy Halloween my friend. So looking forward to giving you a big hug.

  2. Viv says:

    What a wonderful collection. I didn’t know much about Day of the Dead so interesting.

  3. Melinda says:

    Absolutely fascinating and beautifully photographed!

  4. What an interesting post, Carol. I have never seen dolls such as these. They’re amazing. The Mexican celebration sounds to me like something that could really help after a bereavement, and, as you point out, it’s healthy for us to remember that death is waiting so we’d better make the most of today. Hope you have a super Halloween, Bonny

  5. Sandy says:

    Marvelous! They have never looked better. I do so LOVE this holiday.

  6. Dotti says:

    What a grand time you had with these little dolls! Lots of imagination and good photos here, Carol. Nicely done!

  7. Sarah says:

    Very cool and thanks for the history behind them. I had no idea on any of that.

  8. sarah says:

    This is how we celebrate Halloween (Samhain) – although within the frame of our Celtic traditions. It is a very sacred time. Fabulous dolls!

  9. Becca says:

    Interesting facts about this tradition Carol, and such a lovely presentation of photos to share your friend’s collection. I love seeing all the lovely Dia de los Muertos things on Pinterest too. Hope you are enjoying your weekend so far!

  10. I knew some of the history of these dolls and the celebrations – but you filled in so much more information…you captured their liveliness perfectly

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