It's that time of year when some of us celebrate Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. Because of large Latino population in California, we have our choice of dozens of celebrations this weekend, but in checking Mexican Sugar Skulls site (where I order 'stuff' for home), they have published events throughout the United States. Check and see if an event is near where you live. Unlike Halloween, where scary is the name of the game, Day of the Dead is a time of celebration for our loved ones who have passed from this dimension. Some of my friends will gather on Friday night for San Pedro's celebration, but the really big one is at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
I really procrastinated putting up my own altar this year in part because I'm lazy, I guess, but maybe I just didn't want to feel the feelings. Last night I did build the ofrenda and now have to print out and frame four new pictures of dear ones who passed this past year. I'm grateful to my grandson Anthony because when he lived at my house while attending Redondo Union High School, all the students taking Spanish were required to build an ofrenda. My own school now has this activity for our Spanish students.
This is my friend Mary Lou's ofrenda. Some friends gathered there to share photos and memories of our loved ones. I can never find marigolds for sale, the classic flower for Dia de los Muertos, but she found them at Trader Joe's and shared some with me for my own altar.
My cyber friend Rebecca, who keeps the Recuerda mi Corazon blog, is in San Miguel de Allende right now hosting a Day of Dead tour for artists; she has been posting some great photos leading up to the day itself. Traveling with Rebecca in late October or during Holy Week is on my bucket list.