Sunday, October 31, 2010
This year's Dia de los Muertos celebration at Centro Mayapan was in honor of Mexico's state of Chiapas.
This is the third year I have successfully grown cempasuchil (flor de muerto) at my home. Cempasuchil is also known as Mexican marigold, and grows much taller than the traditional marigolds we can buy at a store. They are approximately three feet tall, and are the traditional flor de muerto (flower of the dead) used to decorate ofrendas during Dia de los Muertos. They are easily reseeded every year. I started mine with flowers from the Dia de los Muertos celebration that I got at Centro Mayapan in 2007. These photos were taken on October 30, 2010 in my back yard. Although they are quite hardy, they are native to Oaxaca, and need more water here in the Chihuahuan Desert.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
The Ranch Market in El Paso has Pan de Muerto (at the amazingly low price of $1.29!) this year. I picked up two different types today — the more traditional type with cinnamon and sugar on top and one with sesame seeds on top!
Friday, October 22, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Las Cruces Style Dia de los Muertos 101 - A Guide to Day of the Dead
Las Cruces and Mesilla events are posted here!
On Saturday, October 30, the El Paso Public Library is celebrating the Great Southwest Book Festival at the library's downtown location, 501 N. Oregon.
From 11AM to 12:30PM, Donna Snyder and Raquel Mejia will host a creative writing workshop on writing calaveras. Besides the literal translation of "skulls," calaveras are also poems which are written for the Day of the Dead, but are intended to be critical of the living in a humorous way.
At noon, there will be a kids Dia de los Muertos costume parade.
Other non-Dia de los Muertos events will also as part of the festival, including keynote speaker (and former coworker of mine) David Dorado Romo, author of the fantastic "Ringside Seat to a Revolution," a study on many of the underground happenings and lesser-known history of El Paso and Juarez.
For the full schedule of events, visit: El Paso Public Library Dia de los Muertos 2010 events
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Not a lot of info yet, but according to the Mercado Mayapan / La Mujer Obrera Web site, this year's Dia de los Muertos event will be representative of Chiapas, and will be held Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31 from 3-10 PM. I'll post more data as it becomes available.