Friends of the West End Park

Historic West End*Atlanta*GA

HAPPY DIA DE LOS MUERTOS November 2, 2009

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Altars @ Dia de los Muertos, Atlanta History Center

EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

Every year, on November 1st (All Saints Day) and 2nd (All Souls Day) something unique takes place in many areas of Mexico and Latin America: Day of the Dead festivities. This all stems from the ancient indigenous peoples of Mexico (Purepecha, Nahua, Totonac and Otomí) who believe that the souls of the dead return each year to visit with their living relatives – to eat, drink and be merry. Just like they did when they were living.

This may all seem morbid and somewhat ghoulish to those who are not part of that culture. But, for Mexicans who believe in the life/death/rebirth continuum, it’s all very natural. Nahua speaking peoples of pre-columbian Mexico saw the skull as a symbol of life – not death.

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Altars @ Dia de los Muertos, Atlanta History Center

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Altars @ Dia de los Muertos, Atlanta History Center

Here’s our altar:

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My two boys and I worked our our altar today...we're almost done!

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All lit up!

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Buy your altar skulls at http://www.craftesania.etsy.com

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