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Night of the Day of the Dead November 3, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Travel & Leisure.

From Hallowe’en (or All Hallow’s Eve), to All Soul’s DayAll Saint’s Day, and the Day of the Dead, this season of the year (just past the Fall Harvest) is a time to give a nod of recognition to the Grim Reaper.

Shrine in Memory of Mexican Artist Frida Kahlo

For more on the history and traditions of Dia de los Meurtos, Day of the Dead, check out Debra’s and Tammy’s recent posts:

* Little Altars Everywhere . . . Dia de los Meurtos (Breathe Lighter)

* Of Skeleton’s and Salsa (AgriGirl’s Blog)

Shrine in Memory of Mexican Artist Frida Kahlo

Within the shrinking global village, celebrations spread from one corner to the next at a rapid clip.

SILENCE!!! . . . I keel you!

This weekend, Village of the Arts, the Gulf Coast’s largest Art Community, celebrates the 7th Annual Dia de los Muertos, a Festival of the Skeletons.

Altars contain the favorite foods and beverages of departed souls

The celebratory activities include:  Mexican Music & Food, a Village Community Shrine, a Memory Wall for loved ones, and shrines and altars at art galleries throughout the village.

We went.  How could we not?  

I created a tribute for the Memory Wall in honor of my dad ~ Shine On!

We wandered in and out of galleries, perusing the art, sipping wine and sangria, tasting food, listening to music, admiring costumes, and enjoying the weather.

Hanging out in the Beaded Forest

The evening’s elements, taken together, coalesced to create the perfect atmosphere for communing with the dearly departed . . .

OMG . . . it’s Joan Rivers!

As well as with fellow travelers still on the path from dawn to death . . .

Those who celebrate Dia de los Muertos also celebrate life and living.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Quote to Ponder:  Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma ~ which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. ~ Steve Jobs