2015 NOV – DAY of the DEAD

Day of the Dead makeup Copyright one concierge.com

Day of the Dead makeup
Copyright one concierge.com

Day of the Dead

This is a very sacred day in Mexico. If you don’t understand the significance of this event, then it appears macabre, chilling, quite bizarre – with an unhealthy focus on skulls and skeletons.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The Day of the Dead is to honor and remember those loved ones who have passed on. Families take the day to celebrate the lives of their dead; to remember their achievements, to remember them with love and affection. It’s an affirmation of the family dynasty, of old lives that have left this world and new loves that celebrate their lineage. Its a family day with everyone participating, even the children.

We tend to keep our children away from cemeteries and all talk of death. Not in Mexico. Here everyone is involved from the oldest grandparent to the youngest baby as they all pay homage to their deceased at their gravesides.

Its quite wonderful once you understand the principle.

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Any cruiser who has stopped over in La Cruz has probably visited Philo’s bar. He came here about 15 years ago, opened a bar, and entertained all with his singing and guitar. He became a local staple of La Cruz society. A few weeks ago he complained of chest pains and died shortly thereafter of heart failure.

Philo will be fondly remembered by all who knew him. This year a shrine was built for Philo and his life was remembered and celebrated on the Day of the Dead, along with all the local loved ones.

Philo's shrine

Philo’s shrine

HALLOWEEN

 

I oppose Halloween on Christian principles, but children love it. All they know is that it’s Candy Night!  And they get to play dress up. A double bonus occasion!

Every little girl loves being a princess and every little boy wants to be a cowboy or pirate.  Well, most little girls

Day of the Dead is a popular theme for Halloween

Day of the Dead is a popular theme for Halloween

After the solemn day, the village was ready to party. I heard the sound of music as it drifted across the sea – there was a concert in the park!

 

Band in the pagoda in the park

Band in the pagoda in the park

 

I immediately leapt off my boat and followed my ears to the village plaza where enthusiastic people were dancing to the beat of a lively band. There were jumping castles set up for the children who were bouncing off the walls with their sugar high. I sat on a park bench and watched the festivities of indulgent parents keeping a wary eye on excited children. The balloon man was doing a thriving business.

Candy and Costumes – an irresistible combination for a kid.

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Death mask left over from the Day of the Dead

Death mask left over from the Day of the Dead

 

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