“The ”Day of the Dead” (El Día de los Muertos or All Souls’ Day) is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and by Latin Americans living in the United States and Canada. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration occurs on November 1st, and 2nd in connection with the Catholic holiday of All Saints Day which occurs on November 1st and All Soul’s Daywhich occurs on November 2nd. Traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased, using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.” (Wikipedia)
I am in love with this celebration. I love the colors, the music, the dancing, the makeup, the food, the costumes, the decorations, the art–the ART !
As much as I whine about longing to live on a farm in the country, I feel blessed to live so close to Seattle. I have learned more about different cultures by attending the free festivals, than I had ever known before.
Many more photos plus a wonderful Youtube video behind the cut…
The singers, musicians, and dancers–amazing talent!
I apologize for the quality of the photos. I was taking these in crowds and poor lighting, but I really wanted to share the images to give an idea of how beautiful and entertaining this festival is. It’s at Seattle Center House every year, and it’s free!
These are the sugar skulls children decorate at the festival–so colorful!
They drew quite a crowd!
One of the very moving altars displaying victims of domestic violence.
This is actually a photograph. I’ll never complain about my sore feet again!