I got new goodies for my shop! ＼(^ω^＼) Now I have to photograph each of them! (T▽T)
And I bought these funny skulls and decorations for my penpals (^▽^)ノ can you see the labels on the skulls front? You have to write the name of your deceased relative, but these skulls are funny so you can write the name of your friends and so on. I will write the name of some of my penpals haha!
While Halloween is fine in Mexico, the most important thing for me those days is our celebration of the Day of the Dead at the beginning of November! so close! *v* I love it so much! We prepare altars in our homes, decorated with special bread, cempazuchitl flowers (marigold flowers?), traditional food, coffee, tequila XD and all that our deceased relatives enjoyed in life. Their souls come to visit us, kids souls first and then adults souls come, and they can eat and drink from the altar. The real skulls are made of sugar, chocolate or gummy(?). Every skull in the altar represents one deceased relative, and their names should be on the front of the skulls, that's why the labels (￣▽￣) Last year I write my name on a chocolate skull XD just for fun... and then I ate it! X9 (the flower at the top is made of sugar).
This celebration isn't "dark", it's very paceful and happy sometimes. We like to remember our relatives in a paceful way, not sad way. There are even contests in schools and offices to create funny poems called "calaveritas" (little skulls). In those poems people write about their alive relatives, friends, famous people or politicians! making jokes about their lifes and how the Grim Reaper comes for them in funny situations! XD There are also contests about creating the best altars! I will take a pic of our altar to can show it to you ^^
Well, as you can imagine, the Day of the Dead isn't a Catholic celebration. Our ancestors of pre-hispanic Mexico (before 1519) touched the subject of death very seriously, it was very important in the life cycle, war, religion and so on. And the tradition of worshiping our deceased relatives and create altars, dates back to that time. That's why I love this celebration, has a very ancient history! Well, I was very happy when I found these postcards in a little store, about pieces of pre-hispanic Mexico that actually are displayed at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. First, a skull that was found in Mexico State in Teotihuacan. Second, a mask of the Bat God that was found in Oaxaca State. Third, a cup of the God of Death, Oaxaca State too. And finally MY FAVORITE PIECE! A real skull decorated with turquoise, metal, and green stone (found in Chiapas State). My gosh! Maybe you can find it a bit creepy, or gross? I don't know, but I really really like it! I planned to send all the postcards to my penpals, but I will keep the last one for me *o* for my postcards wall.