Posts tagged "Dia de los Muertos"

Caras de los Muertos: Faces of the Dead

Caras de los Muertos: Faces of the Dead
Pilsen was a great place to be muertos this weekend. From the Carrera de los Muertos, or 5k Race of the Dead, to the annual #muertosdelarisa procession by ElevArte, the face of death was everywhere in this Chicago neighborhood and along 18th Street. For Día de los Muertos, a fusion of Catholic and indigenous traditions... Read more »

How to make a Day of the Dead altar

How to make a Day of the Dead altar
In Mexico, parts of Central America and the U.S., Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is time to remember those we have lost. There are vigils in cemeteries where graves are cleaned and decorated with cempasúchil, a type of marigold. Many families also build ofrendas (offerings) or altars in their homes or... Read more »

Disney #FAIL Día De Los Muertos

Disney #FAIL Día De Los Muertos
Here’s a scary thought. Disney wanted to trademark “Día De Los Muertos.” Day of the Dead is a Mexican and Central American holiday with roots in pre-Columbian and Catholic religious traditions. It is celebrated November 1 and 2 with cemetery vigils and shrines in honor of the departed. Apparently, Disney filed trademark applications for “Día... Read more »
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Remembering the dead in Mexico

I was in Michoacan, Mexico for Day of the Dead celebrations this week. You can read an article I wrote for The Daily Beast. I also want to share this slideshow of my photographs from Patzcuaro, Tzintzuntzán and Janitizio where Day of the Dead is festively celebrated in the cemeteries and on the streets. In Mexico,... Read more »

Día de los Muertos slideshow

Día de los Muertos slideshow
Día de los Muertos isn’t a time to mourn. But in Mexico more than 40,000 people have been killed since President Felipe Calderon took office in 2006 and launched a war against the drug cartels. All who have died for whatever reason are remembered and even celebrated on November 1 and 2, All Saints’ Day... Read more »

Finding faith on Day of the Dead

Photo by Mark Butkus Once I drove through Michoacan, Mexico, where night vigils in the cemeteries lit up the town. I took the road around Lake Patzcuaro stopping where flowers and candles decorated the graves. In one home, a life-size altar had been built and family members greeted neighbors and strangers alike with food and... Read more »
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