Día de los Muertos (Por Fin)

November 3, 2009

When I was a little girl, I liked to force my family to celebrate holidays we technically weren’t supposed to observe. Hanukkah (check), Santa Lucia Day (check), Doll’s Day (Check). There might have even been a year when I went to a Kwanzaa party or two. I would like to think that this makes me some kind of multi-cultural prodigy, but it would probably be more accurate to say that I liked a) to dress up and b) eat food. (Note that neither Ramadan nor Yom Kippur are included in this list.) So when I started studying Spanish in middle school, naturally I tried to make my parents celebrate Día de los Muertos, which frankly was a little hard to do 10 years ago in Indianapolis. I remember being distinctly disappointed when we couldn’t buy sugar skulls. 

Finally, I’ve seen the real thing, although alas there were no sugar skulls to be had. In Guatemala, Día de los Muertos is not as over the top as it is in Mexico, but the cemetery was still packed with people decorating graves with flowers. Everything smelled like crushed marigolds. 

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Graves in the "public" half of the cemetery

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I was really into the flowers. Sorry.

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Kites are a Día de los Muertos tradition. Anyone know if it's the same in Mexico?

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