Sunday, November 3, 2013

Dia de Muertos

I've learnt something amazing. The Day of the Dead isn't just a horror movie, and the amazing zombie like face painting around this of year time isn't related to Halloween. Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead in Spanish) is a Mexican holiday that celebrates and remembers those who have died.

How did I not know this?

So we went to an epic Dia de Muertos at Chris and Hayley's place and they seriously went all out. The whole place was kitted out with graveyards, marigolds, flags, candles as well a professional face painter and photographer (as you do).

I missed out on the face painter, so I guess I looked much less dead. Everyone else though look INCREDIBLE!!! I was pretty happy with my Mexican attempt though, given how I look, I'm not very authentic but it is amazing how much a couple of bucks' worth of fake flowers can make you look more Latino. I'm going to call it...MexicAsian!

On a more serious and respectful note, there was an alter where people could decorate with ofrendas. Let's not forget what the night is about.

The whole event was brought about when the employer of a friend of theirs refused to celebrate Dia de Muertos at their workplace. Some people are a bit funny about death I guess, but we celebrate other nation's holidays - Halloween, St Patrick's Day, Oktoberfest...why not this? So they decided F-U and had one of their own..for their mate.

Honouring your loved ones that have passed is awesome.

Honouring your mate this way is super awesome.