Bisbee loves holidays.
The most favored is probably Halloween, but because of our proximity to Mexico and relationships with our friends just across the border, a strong runner up is Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead.
This year the main celebration was at Central School Project, an old primary school turned artists cooperative. And it was fabulous.
We were welcomed by ten-foot-tall skeletons.
There was quite a crowd.
There was a lot of artwork, mostly paintings and photographs.
And of course, there were altars to the dead.
Several of the altars were created by representatives of the Mexican Consulate in Douglas.
This altar was left open for people to place dedications to loved ones. Mine was to all my animalitos.
Others (unlike me) planned ahead and honored their deceased pets with altars.
There were a few tables selling food and jewelry or art items.
And members of the local Boys and Girls Club provided entertainment.
And I found out that even the dead can text and take selfies!
In all, a fabuloso Día de los Muertos celebration!
Yes, it was a sensational little festival!
And it was good to see YOU enjoying it!
I got there really late (at closing), but still was able to see the amazing creativity of the people in this area. Beautiful exhibit!
But you made it, and my guess is the fun was still happening, and yes, it was beautiful.
Looks very poignant, Emilie. Will try to put in my social shoes for next year’s event!
Yes,Chenne. It is not to be missed!
Here’s to the power of sharing culture! It’s such a bridge across differences. I think we need more posts like this. Thx Emilie!
Thanks! If you are ever along the border area this time of year, there will be many opportunities. But this is one of the best.
I found this post so special… I wish I could be happy for them instead of sad if one of my dear ones died, but I think I still need some more will. Thanks for sharing, this was very interesting 🙂
I’m glad you liked it, Lily. It is a beautiful tradition from Mexico and Central America. I have been fortunate to attend in Mexico a few times. In some places, people spend the whole night in the cemetery with their loved ones. They play music, eat meals, and share the meals with the dead. It’s wonderful.
Oh, what a beautiful post, Emilie! Thank you for sharing this bounty of love and creativity, Emilie. xo
Thanks! Such a fun event, full of life, celebrating the dead.
I love the art and artistry of this post! Many thanks.
Glad you enjoyed it!
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