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Day of the Dead

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This past Friday, when all of the kids in the States were enjoying their school Halloween parties, we were getting down with the Day of the Dead here in Mexico.

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El dia de los Muertos (or All Souls’ Day) traditionally consists of building private alters for the deceased in your family - most typically using sugar skulls and marigolds to accent the favorite food and drink of those who have passed on. This is a way to pay respect for those no longer with us. Here, the kids of each classroom at the Ixaya School (http://www.tashirat.com/orphanage-school/ixaya-school/) built group alters for their annual Day of the Dead contest. Each multi-tiered sculpture popped with color, glowed with light and tickled the taste buds. Let the party begin…

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The whole afternoon was dedicated to the dead. Costume and alter contests brought out the spirits, but it was the living that could be heard throughout - laughing and carrying on like kids do. It was refreshing to take part in this morbid holiday, respecting both the dead and the local culture.

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Later on that night, I put my chaperoning shoes on and tried to remember what it was like to dance the night away at age twelve. The Ixaya School hosted a Day of the Dead dance that brought out kids ages 10-17. The DJ kept the beat bumping as the older crews broke into break (dancing) segments, while the younger ghouls chased each other around the dance floor. Around 10:30pm, two stilt dancers took to the floor and by 11:30pm, the remaining ‘adults’ joined in with feel-free foot-work to shut the place down. The day and holiday experience was complete… and I was dead tired.

Posted by triptime 20:54 Archived in Mexico Tagged living_abroad

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