In Mexico, the Southwest U.S., and around the world in other cultures, Day of the Dead (Día de los muertos) is celebrated from October 31 through November 2. With Aztec roots, the holiday celebrates death as a rite of passage, just another step in the circle of life. It is a time to remember and honor family and friends who are deceased and take a moment to reflect on our own mortality.
You can take part in the festivities too with these vibrant traditions:
Build an alter to your loved ones.
Paint your face with calavera makeup.
Decorate your loved one’s grave and have a picnic.
Celebrate with others at a Day of the Dead festival, such as…
The Día de los Muertos Mart at the Pirate Gallery in Denver on Saturday, November 2. From 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
There will be a big opening reception with piñatas for adults and children, a candlelight procession, and Aztec dancers.
Your very own Squirrel Picnic will also be in attendance at this year’s mart! I’ll be there with Hodge and Podge (in their costumes), selling sugar skull scarves and appliqués I designed and crocheted. I’m looking forward to meeting some really cool people and sharing the wonders of Squirrel Picnic with them.
If you find yourself in the Denver area this weekend, stop on by. There will be jewelry by Sylvie of Deviled Eggs Designs and Ranee of Autumn Moon. Annie will offer her deliciously detailed fiber art. Trish will sell her wicked aprons (I’ll be wearing mine!). And much, much more!
Skull Scarves and Appliqués by Squirrel Picnic
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