Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Day of the Dead


A kind of spookiness pervades this time of year as we segue from Halloween to All Saints' Day (Nov. 1) and then to All Souls' Day or Dia de los Muertos in Mexico (Nov. 2). These are days of honoring the dead by displaying skeleton figurines, making altars to welcome the dead and making cool little things called sugar skulls which are taken to the cemetery and placed on the graves of the deceased. I've always loved the idea of these things and thought I might try to make some... that is until I found a website with what appears to be the longest process on earth for making them. Check this out: http://www.zanzibartribalart.com/makingsugarskulls.htm.
I thought I may like to just buy some but I'm sure there is nowhere downtown to get them and I don't know if any Latino groceries around here sell them.