|Decorations abound with marigolds/cempasúchil or flower of the dead.|
Families create ofrendas (offering tables/altars) at home that welcome the spirits with food and libations. Mementos and pictures, marigolds, candles… The four elements are represented: fire/candles, water/beverages & alcohol, earth/fruits & vegetables air/papel picado flags.
|Day of the Dead ofrenda altar from Old Town San Diego. Pix by JDR|
Sugar skulls are an iconic Day of the Dead image. Made of sugar, chocolate… you name it – they are meant to represent a departed soul. They are also exchanged amongst the living in the context that “our friendship/love will be stronger than and survive beyond death”.
|sugar, chocolate, icing! Oh my…|
Day of the Dead has become increasingly present in popular culture here in the states the last few years. Shown below are highlights from my collection – including the bride and groom we had on our cake table at out wedding. Love that will last beyond death… While many of my pieces come from Austin TX and Albuquerque NM where I have family, I found some great stuff at Target this year…
|Calacas and calaveras|
The Day of theDead theme inspires me greatly – as you may have guessed by now. This year after my annual batch of polymer skull pendants I have been working on sugar skull tiles! I am glazing them as we speak…
|Jenny’s polymer pendant skulls and new ceramic tiles.|
Lesley found some fabulous sugar skulls in jewelry and clay from fellow artists near and far:
So today, wherever you are, remember your loved ones that are no longer with you. According to Mexican legend, there are three types of death: The first occurs when all bodily functions cease and the soul leaves the body; the second occurs when the body is interred, returning one’s physical shell to the earth; and the final, most definitive death, occurs when no one remembers you. Raise a glass, tell a tale, remember them fondly… and know they are with you.