Outside, we strolled through many decorated alters ,with colorful flags, sugar skulls, yellow marigolds, pictures of favorite saints, and beloved lost ones. Coincidentally, the Escuela de Musica was having their final youth orchestra concert inside the Teatro de Cuidad. We got passes into the big theatre and sat in the upper seating area, listening to several of the orchestra's pieces. It was fun to see many of Nancy's new music friends on stage, as well as be a part of the audience, mainly young children, who were going to a concert for the first time. Lots of show tunes and other contemporary music was shared. When we went outside, the night festivities were ramping up. There were groups of costumed kids performing western dancing up on the stage. The crowds were forming as young girls and women, dressed as Catrina, walked slowly among us, posing for pictures. Even the youngest ones were eerily solemn, aided by their elaborate facial makeup.
The next days festivities were similar. During the late afternoon, we drove by a local cemetery, and the streets were crowded with double parked cars with people darted in and out of traffic. They were gathering there to honor their loved ones. It was a very festive occasion, a true Celebration of Life.
|One of the decorated alters|
Coca-cola is a favorite drink here
|Up close with un Perro (dog) Skeleton|
|Even ghosts play the fiddle|
|These were larger than life models|
|This Catrina was no more than 8 years old|
|Large stage and crowds voting for Catrinas|
|This young girls Catrina was one of the favorites|
|John (SV Time Piece) and Catrina|