Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos)
is a Mexican holiday
celebrated throughout Mexico
and around the world in many cultures.
Here in the desert southwest United States
it is a very popular holiday indeed.
The holiday focuses
on gatherings of family and friends
to pray for
and remember loved ones
who have died.
In Mexico it is like a national holiday.
The celebration takes place on November 1–2,
in connection with
the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day (November 1)
and All Souls' Day (November 2).
Traditions connected with this holiday
include building private altars
honoring the deceased using sugar skulls,
and the favorite foods and beverages.
It also includes
visiting the graves of the departed
with these as gifts.
During the next several days I will be sharing
with you some of my own
Dia De Los Muertos art cards
as well as some photos of offerendas (altars)
made by professional artists
as part of a Dia de Los Muertos
celebration at the Desert Botanical Gardens
They were so beautiful and soulful...
they actually took my breath