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« Topic Start: October 25, 2008, 10:30:27 pm »

This year has been pretty full on in more ways than one. Ive had a number of loved ones pass away, and am helping to care for my uncle who is terminally ill.. It was also five years, this may, since my aunt died. All this has made me want to pay tribute by celebrating the day of the dead, but i dont really know how.

I thought i would set up a discreet shrine with photos and marigolds in my bedroom, and i have started some day of the dead skull paintings.. My family is catholic so it wont be suspicious for us to have a nice sit down dinner on all souls day, and i wanted to make some sugar skulls but they look pretty tricky.

Does anyone else have any ideas or want to share how they celebrate this time of year?

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« Reply #1: October 26, 2008, 08:06:56 am »

This year has been pretty full on in more ways than one. Ive had a number of loved ones pass away, and am helping to care for my uncle who is terminally ill.. It was also five years, this may, since my aunt died. All this has made me want to pay tribute by celebrating the day of the dead, but i dont really know how.

I thought i would set up a discreet shrine with photos and marigolds in my bedroom, and i have started some day of the dead skull paintings.. My family is catholic so it wont be suspicious for us to have a nice sit down dinner on all souls day, and i wanted to make some sugar skulls but they look pretty tricky.

Does anyone else have any ideas or want to share how they celebrate this time of year?

Thanks Smiley

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I don't celebrate it, so I really don't have any ideas. I know my stepsister does a whole lot of Mexican decorations in her house and it seems like she's used elements from the celebration over the years. But it's been ages since I've been to her place. Try Googling Day of the Dead Shrine. Randall may have some ideas, too, since he lived in San Antonio before moving to Waco, and that city has a huge Hispanic population.
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« Reply #2: October 26, 2008, 08:21:17 am »

I thought i would set up a discreet shrine with photos and marigolds in my bedroom, and i have started some day of the dead skull paintings.. My family is catholic so it wont be suspicious for us to have a nice sit down dinner on all souls day, and i wanted to make some sugar skulls but they look pretty tricky.

You are on the right track, although the shrines in Mexico and in Hispanic areas of Texas are generally anything but discreet. While they do have plastic skulls and special figurines, their primary features are almost always pictures of the honored dead and flowers. Marigolds are indeed traditional, but they often aren't the only flowers used.

One of the main events in San Antonio, was that many families would eat a picnic meal at graveside (usually the graveside of the last family member to die). Graveyards in San Antonio were always crowded on Día de los Muertos. The whole extended family (and often family friends) would go. This seemed to be especially common the year or two after someone died.

Here's a link to a Día de los Muertos web site with quite a bit of info: http://www.mexconnect.com/mex_/feature/daydeadindex.html
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« Reply #3: October 26, 2008, 10:01:54 am »

This year has been pretty full on in more ways than one. Ive had a number of loved ones pass away, and am helping to care for my uncle who is terminally ill.. It was also five years, this may, since my aunt died. All this has made me want to pay tribute by celebrating the day of the dead, but i dont really know how.


We're not celebrating Day of the Dead, but we are doing a dumb supper, which is along similar lines, I think.  We also set up a memorial altar with pictures or momentos from loved ones and a votive candle for each one.  My daughter's art class has been studying Day of the Dead and they did some awesome pictures with skeletons.  We're also doing skull cookies, which looked less complicated than the sugar skulls, and we also did some skulls made out of dried apples.
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« Reply #4: October 30, 2008, 02:48:16 pm »

Does anyone else have any ideas or want to share how they celebrate this time of year?

How did I miss this thread?  Not that I'll be any help.  Dia de los Muertos is a Big Hairy Deal at my house.  I make sugar skulls (man...I made, like, 50 this year!), cut my own papel picado (okay, this is the first year I'll do this...wish me luck), cook Mexican food with emphasis on Oaxacan recipes (mole, enchiladas, pan de muerto), decorate a big ol' altar covered in ofrenda to the Beloved Dead, and invite all of my friends over to celebrate.  The kids decorate sugar skulls and make crape paper marigolds while the growed-uped sip (HA!) tequila and cerveza.  We all eat ourselves stupid and (hopefully, weather permitting) have a bonfire wherein we throw our scrawled wishes, prayers, bad habits, and drunken poetry.

Now stop asking questions and let me get back to work!  Wink

Brina (who's got two days off and is feeling inconveniently lazy)

ETA:  What kind of sugar skulls were you looking at?  The kind I make are just granulated sugar (and some confectioner's sugar for the royal icing) and meringue powder.  I got my plastic mold from Mexicansugarskull.com.  Obviously this option is a little late for this year, but they're really simple to make this way.  If you're looking at the marzipan version, then yeah.  It can get complicated.
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« Reply #5: November 09, 2008, 10:59:20 pm »

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