Mums is the Word
Dia De Los Muertos--Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead is celebrated in central and southern Mexico and many other Central and South American countries. On November 1 and 2, it is said that spirits are allowed to leave heaven and visit their loved ones.
From the www.mexicansugarskull.com website:
"In most Indian villages, beautiful altars (ofrendas) are made in each home. They are decorated with candles, buckets of flowers (wild marigolds called cempasuchil & bright red cock's combs) mounds of fruit, peanuts, plates of turkey mole, stacks of tortillas and big Day-of-the-Dead breads called pan de muerto. The altar needs to have lots of food, bottles of soda, hot cocoa and water for the weary spirits. Toys and candies are left for the angelitos, and on Nov. 2, cigarettes and shots of mezcal are offered to the adult spirits. Little folk art skeletons and sugar skulls, purchased at open-air markets, provide the final touches.
The website has some beautiful pictures of sugar skulls (a disappearing art), ofrendas, village celebrations and more. They also describe the connection with Catholcism and native culture. Check out the gorgeous website and enjoy this Dia de los Muertos.
Annie is the owner of Annie's Main Street Floral and the author of "The Final Arrangement," part of the flower shop mystery series. Annie is Immediate Past -President of the Utah Professional Florist Association, a native of Layton Utah, and alumna of Layton High School.