Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Celebrating the Dead, Dia de los Muertos

In Mexico, there is a festive time to honor the dead, which occurs right after our Halloween. Mexico's Dia de los Muertos, November 1-2nd, is a time of reflection, honor, family and celebrations for the departed.  La Paz's public event, over two nights, is in the Centro area by the City Theater.  There is a large open area filled with public altars, called oferas, displaying photos, marigolds, favorite foods and belongings of the honored one.  In addition to lots of food booths offering tamales, tacos, sweets, hot chocolate drinks, there are hundreds of chairs, usually occupied, to take a rest. Up on the stage, groups of dancers, performers and bands provide continuous entertainment. The highlight of this special event are the Catrinas, which are girls, some as young as 4, and now a few men, dressed up in wildly colorful costumes and full makeup.  Their portrayal of death and beauty at the same time is something to see.  The last night there is a voting contest for the best Catrina.

We have enjoyed the past two Dia de los Muertos events in La Paz.  This year, we did a little planning ahead,; the girls decided to dress in our lbds (little black dresses) and paint our faces. Half the fun was getting ready for the event.  Then we enjoyed mingling with the rest of the crowds, posing with the real Catrinas and contemplating our costumes for next year!

 Getting design ideas 

Katie, superb make up artist

Robin and Kathryn

Katie and Mike

Spooky!  Kathryn, Katie and Nancy

Pretty in Pink

Fantastic Head Dress - like SF's Beach Blanket Babylon

Kate and Nancy pose with Catrina (male)

A pretty bride
Young Catrina

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