Thursday, November 4, 2010

Día de los muertos / Day of the Dead

In most regions of Mexico, November 1 honors children and infants Día de los Inocentes ("Day of the Innocents"), deceased adults are honored on November 2 Día de los Muertos ("Day of the Dead").
People go to cemeteries to be with the souls of the departed and build private altars containing the favorite foods and beverages as well as photos and memorabilia of the departed.

Ofrendas (altars) are also put in homes, usually favorite objects of the deceased and with foods such as candied pumpkin, pan de muerto, ("bread of the dead"), mole, fruit, sugar skulls and beverages such as atole. They are decorated with paper cutting, candles and zempasuchil flowers.
The ofrendas are left out in the homes as a welcoming gesture for the deceased.

Yesterday we had to go to the Mexican Consulate here in Montreal and I was happy to find a beautiful exhibition for the Day Of The Dead with a big altar and a gorgeous photography exhibition ¨Los Últimos Zapatistas¨ by the Candadian photographer Jon Guido Bertelli. This photographs were taken int he 1990´s, they are portraits of relatives of Zapata and of people that fought in the  Mexican Revolution.

pan de muerto

Isabella and me

Family Ties. Emilia Espejo, adoptive daughter of Emiliano Zapata

Lost in the past. Señor Zamora.

Enduring Love. Veteran Benjamin Sanchez and wife.

Father and Son. Mateo Zapata, youngest son of Emiliano Zapata

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