Monday, October 31, 2011

Dancing with Death: Day of the Dead, 2011


On the Day of the Dead--surely one of the stranger holidays here--we remember that although death walks among us...


we can always smile...


and honor our dead with memorials...


and little altars...




for beloved pets, too


We can make art...





and we can always dance!

13 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Amazing and unusual, but any reason to smile and dance sounds good to me -- particularly these days! Love your captures for the day! Happy Halloween and Day of the Dead! Have a great holiday, Clairz!

Sylvia

Kate said...

I love this display of Día de los Muertos. I wish that our country had a similar national event for our deceased friends and relatives. As a child it was obligatory to join my family to visit, view and decorate the gravesites of our relatives on Memorial Day. No more because the cemeteries have stricter rules for year-round upkeep.

Jean (aka Auntie Bucksnort) said...

You captured the little dancing princess perfectly!

Ms. Becky said...

what a lovely, lovely post! I love the painting of the woman with blue hair. thanks for sharing Clair. happy Day of the Dead to you!

hannah said...

How interesting and uplifting in a strange way.
happy Halloween.

Joyful said...

This is a very interesting celebration. Leave it to mankind to think of all kinds of celebrations :-)

I like your new header too! Hope you enjoyed your month and look forward to the new one. Time passes so quickly, especially for those who like to keep busy.

matron said...

It is nice to see people dancing and celebrating the day ,remembering the dear departed as opposed to celebrating the darker side of death and the occult.
Thanks for sharing your photos of the day.
Carolyn.

ladyfi said...

I do love the joy and life of the Day of the Dead! Amazing pictures.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Happy Dia de los Muertos to you!

~Lisa

becky said...

I suppose any day we are alive is a good one. I do fear death... there are so many things I want to do before I go... hopefully I'll have the time. Though we never know, do we. I always miss these celebrations, but I do think often of those in my own life that have passed. I love the skully artwork. I just received an apron in the same style and it is way cute!

Steffi said...

Amazing and unusual.I love the colours of the Day of the Dead!This colours looks much better as only black as here for this day!

Quiet Paths said...

I saw your post last year ? for day of the dead, so I came back to see what you had goin' on. I love that Paper crane memorial... wow such a great variety of photos. Thanks for sharing again.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I loved learning about Day of the Dead when we visited New Mexico the first time (and it was at the right time of year). Your great pix brought back wonderful memories.

Darn, not going to make NM this roadtrip -- too cold in Colorado for our little Class B travel van, -- we got too late a start, so we'll go the Coast route. Next Spring I hope.