INTRODUCING THE TRADITIONS & CULTURE OF DIA DE LOS MUERTOS OR DAY OF THE DEAD TO OUR LITTLE ONE
The latino half of this blog, me, is always chasing culture and different traditions. Maybe because I miss my Guatemalan colorful traditions. Either way hubby is quite okay being dragged to anything that I want to expose him and baby to.
The day of the dead is no anything macabre, although a lot of skulls are used to symbolize it, it’s a beautiful celebration. Some people are under the impression that it’s a Mexican holiday, but this is not true, it’s a worldwide celebration. Maybe each country and culture celebrate it in a different way.
Begining at midnight of October 31st or November 1st is the day to remember children who have passed. I love the way Mexican Sugar Skull put it, “…that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours…” The next day, November 2nd you take time to remember the adults that have passed. There is one place that is on my bucket list to visit to experience their Dia de Los Muertos celebration, that is Patzcuaro a small town outside of Michuacan in Mexico.
I looked for something close that we could take our little one to experience this tradition but there really wasn’t. We have only a few hours between naps and feedings so when we found out about Casa Ramirez and their altars, we headed that way.
I can’t believe I have never been to this adorable colorful store. If I ever was looking to expose our little man to Spanish culture, art and books, this is the place.
There were only a few altars made but each one of them very intricate and personal. You can feel how each family missed their loved ones. Each decorated with art, flowers, food and personal items.
I’m starting my sear early and looking for a place to experience Dia de Los Muertos outside of Houston. The little one will be less high maintenance and I’m sure we will all enjoy it.