Dia de los Muertos has arrived at my house, sneaking in just before the munchkins began roaming the streets on Halloween. The big skull came off the shelf in my studio to welcome guests, departed and living.
My ofrenda (alter) went up in my entry way, a good spot to receive the souls of loved ones no longer walking this green earth.
A bunch of us gathered around my kitchen table to decorate sugar skulls and make merry. Thanks everyone, it was a lot of fun.
The bright colored frosting cups and a bowl of feathers and paper flowers for decorating brightened the scene.
At the end of the afternoon, a whole parade of brightly decorated sugar skulls danced across the table. Full of life and love.
While Soledad (the patron saint of Oaxaca, Mexico) stood sentry over my ofrenda, with traditional deep orange marigolds and crimson cockscomb glowing in the candelight...
...these little schizophrenic skeletons stood guard on a corner...
...and their brethren, the one armed chef and the guy from the taco stand kept an eye out for hungry travelers...
...and these little couples kept my father-in-law company with a beckoning gesture.
If you'd like to see more Day of the Dead celebrations, skip on over to Stephanie's blog and check out her beautiful ofrenda and celebration. And while you are there click on the "Links to Dia de Bloglandia" button on her right hand side bar for a list of participating artists.
If you'd like to read more about Dia de los Muertos, I wrote about my trip to Oaxaca last year. Click on the links below to learn more.