Day of the Dead

Completed October 2013

Created specifically for the Day of the Dead group art show at Poco Wine + SpiritsAvailable for purchase via Square.

Turtle Ride - 5" x 7" - Acrylic and Collage on Masonite

Turtle Ride – 5″ x 7″ – Acrylic and Collage on Masonite

Dead Horse - 5" x 7" - Acrylic and Collage on Masonite

Dead Horse – 5″ x 7″ – Acrylic and Collage on Masonite

Day of the Dead (SpanishDía de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it is a national holiday, and all banks are closed. The celebration takes place on November 1 and 2, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skullsmarigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.

Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddessMictecacihuatl. The holiday has spread throughout the world: In Brazil Dia de Finados is a public holiday that many Brazilians celebrate by visiting cemeteries and churches. InSpain there are festivals and parades, and, at the end of the day, people gather at cemeteries and pray for their dead loved ones. Similar observances occur elsewhere in Europe, and similarly themed celebrations appear in many Asian and African cultures. ~ From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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