Dia de los Muertos

The preparations have begun
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There are flower sellers everywhere.
Home altars are being created,
Car repair, shoe and small tiendas
Have transformed into flower shops.
You can’t avoid the papel picado banners or skeletons.
Although Monday is officially the day,
Families are already in the cemetery
Cleaning gravesites,
Placing flowers
Spending time together
Praying.

Back in town, altars are being constructed in the Jardin
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This one, is in memory of the heroes of San Miguel.

Today, I went to the panteon –
Just a few families were there cleaning gravesites, placing flowers.
Tomorrow there will be more people, and Monday even more.
I will be meeting my neighbors Petra and Elvia there,
With flowers for  Maricela and Jesus who died this year.
The family has not been to Maricela’s grave since she died.

Last week,
Petra told me she wouldn’t go to Maricela’s grave this year.
Apparently she has had a change of heart, because today,
She told me she will be going after all.
Elvia is going with her five children.
Together they will decorate the sepulchre where Jesus rests,
But the main altar for Jesus, will be on Calle Relox
At the big pink fountain near the artistan market.

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Monday, the transformation of the panteon will be complete,
Over the top with flowers and wall to wall people.

Click on the photo below to view an album of photos
Which I’ll be updating over the next few days
As I visit the cemetery, my neighbor’s homes,
Plus a visit to our friend Juan, who is making floral xuchiles
For both Maricela and Jesus.

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Click on the photo to view the slideshow


4 thoughts on “Dia de los Muertos”

  • Susi,

    The pictures are fantastic and the colors are out of this world! These photos definitely portray the love and the spirit of El Dia de los Muertos. They will excite the souls of both the living and the dead. Thank you very much for sharing them with us.

  • While we are away from Mexico and contemplating our return, your fantastic pictures remind us of both what we are missing and what we are looking forward to. Your scenes are full of appreciation for the vibrancy of the culture, and so well composed that each expresses itself completely. Thank you for posting these in a way that allows for viewing high quality images in slideshow format. And thanks for keeping us posted.

  • Thank you Bob and Tom. What a great weekend it has been for someone who likes to take photographs. I am glad you are enjoying them. Tom, when do you return?

    Bob, are you taking photographs in Irapuato? If so, we would love to see them.

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