Saturday, 5 November 2011

My Day of the Dead Experience, Mexico 2011








































Ola from Mexico, where the weather has been, lets say interesting but hopefully now the sun will be sticking around for the next few days or so at least. Last week was the whole Day of the Dead festival, as we know it in the UK here in Mexico. The streets were filled with colour even more so than usual and florists were rushed off their feet with tributes and arrangements to prepare for all the families to place on the tombs, graves and alters. The 1st November, we went to join in the celebrations at Xcaret park which is around an hour from Cancun, usually a nature park the whole complex was decorated and made up especially for the event and native people were brought in from all across Mexico to showcase their personal alters and traditions. On the 2nd November, I travelled 4 hours in land from Cancun to the main town in the Yucat√°n, Merida to see some real traditional decoration and celebration. We found the local town full of stalls selling traditional objects like the candy sugar skulls that are usually placed around the alters and the traditional colourful paper hangings, it was a fantastic inspirational place.

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