In a couple days I fly home after five weeks in San Miguel de Allende. You know me…this place will appear in a book eventually. The Day of the Dead (actually a Week of the Dead), was the high point. I was especially interested in the ‘shrine’ concept. Every store, restaurant, hotel, and family develops a shrine to those who have died. Heavy use of marigolds, the ubiquitous skeleton, pictures of the dead, and foods enjoyed by the dead. Yes, even a plate of chicken enchiladas, loaves of bread, seeds, favorite cups, and plates. Unbelievably detailed. The Mexicans also decorate their cemeteries with bright flowers and seeds. So here are some pictures to illustrate how Mexicans celebrate Day of the Dead:
In a cemetery:
In a street near a church:
In a store (all made with seeds!)
My takeaway…I wish Americans had a ‘memory’ day. I think we’d benefit from the ritual. What do you think?
Speaking of memories. In June of 2013, I introduced myself to you; 33,000 words later, I’m saying goodbye. But since I don’t do farewells easily, I’ll concentrate on the ways we’ll continue to interact. I still want to tell you about my pre-order experience…I’m dying to ask you what you think of a book I have in mind. I’ve had some success with AMS, but all my campaigns have stalled lately. We definitely need to keep in touch and help each other with this crazy career!
As for my pre-order, click here to get the bargain dollar off before Dec. 4!