6 Upcoming Día De Los Muertos Celebrations Are A Timeless Tradition In New Mexico
Halloween isn’t the only holiday coming up in the next few weeks. The Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is held annually the first two days of November. Though the name mentions death, the festivities represent a time to celebrate and memorialize the lives of loved ones while keeping their spirit alive.
Altars (or ofrendas) are created and decorated with photos, candles, marigolds, and food offerings. Skeletal images and skulls (calveras) are found in art, candy, and costumes with face paint. Plus, this holiday is bursting with color: the autumnal hues of marigolds and other flowers decorating altars and gravesites, bright shades of delicate papel picado flowing with the breeze while hanging from buildings, and a vivid array of colors in candy, face paint, clothing, and artwork.
And since New Mexico has quite a bit of cultural overlap with our southern neighbor, you’ll find quite a few Día de los Muertos celebrations around the state. Here’s a look at a few you and your family can attend this year.
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Do you plan to attend any of these festivities this year? If so, be sure to share your experience with us by leaving a comment and photo in the comments below.
Monica is a Diné (Navajo) freelance writer and photographer based in the Southwest. Born in Gallup and raised in Phoenix, she is Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water People) and Tsi'naajinii (Black Streak Wood People). Monica is a staff writer for Only In Your State, photo editor for The Mesa Legend, and previously a staff writer for The Navajo Post. You can reach her at [email protected]
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