Yesterday it was 95 degrees here in South Texas where I live, and not only is that a difference in the usual fall weather I love to celebrate,
but Dia de los Muertos is a difference celebrated here too.
Dia de los Muertos- or Day of the Dead as it is called- is a celebration which is believed to have originated in Mexico
over 2000 years ago and is still celebrated today
in most Latin American countries. (more below)
This tablescape celebrates the Mexican culture I so love, and it contains many of my favorite things.
I started with a mixture of vibrant color, my black and white awning striped tablecloth, and mercury glass.
I have included plates from my beloved talavera pottery collection, a few metal roses I have collected, and my hot pink place mats.
I added hot pink bougainvillea stems that are still blooming in my garden, my favorite turquoise napkins and goblets, and my Courtly Check chargers.
And lastly,I added one of my favorite vintage flatware patterns, found at the flea market years ago in a huge box.
Here is a bit more information about this wonderful religious and cultural celebration.
Day of the Dead
Dia de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead—is a holiday celebrated on November 1-2. Although observed throughout Latin America, Dia de los Muertos is most strongly associated with Mexico, where the tradition originated.
Dia de los Muertos honors the dead with festivals and lively celebrations, a typically Latin American custom that combines indigenous Aztec ritual with Catholicism, brought to the region by Spanish conquistadores. (Dia de los Muertos is celebrated on All Saints Day and All Souls Day, minor holidays in the Catholic calendar.)
Assured that the dead would be insulted by mourning or sadness, Dia de los Muertos celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties, and activities the dead enjoyed in life. Dia de los Muertos recognizes death as a natural part of the human experience, a continuum with birth, childhood, and growing up to become a contributing member of the community. On Dia de los Muertos, the dead are also a part of the community, awakened from their eternal sleep to share celebrations with their loved ones.
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