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Face-painted young senorita creates a swirl of motion and color at Seattle, Washington’s Dia de los Muertos fiesta, which happened at Seattle Center on October 31, 2015.

Here is the photographic record of my attendance, with my comments. In making this story, I haven’t consulted the internet, Wikipedia, etc. I’ve been fortunate to have rubbed shoulders with my Mexican amigos on many occasions, and have attended enough festivals and fiestas to gain a little knowledge. I share what I’ve learned, and my love of the Mexican people with you here!

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Americans celebrate Halloween; much of the world celebrates Day of the Dead. Relatives who have passed on are remembered and honored. And we remind ourselves that we are all mortal!

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Brighton School Dio de los Muertos ofrenda, or alter. Seattle’s children are becoming more and more active when it comes to celebrating Day of the Dead. How I wish this had been the case when I was a boy growing up in Yakima, WA. I have never really liked Halloween, except for the candy!

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The beautiful woman was selling such a variety of Dia de Muertos items. Face painting was offered for a very reasonable price at the festival. I wanted to have my ancient face done, but the line was so, so long! Many people had their faces decorated.

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Ofrenda. Note the beautiful sombrero in the background. Its top is wonderfully decorated; although it would not usually be visible except to tall people!

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Seattle’s own, excellent trio Los Flacos performs traditional acoustic music.

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Very large Ofrenda. Notice the marigolds, the traditional flower of Dia de los Muertos.

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Dio de los Muertos sand painting. I had never seen one until today.

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Joyas Mestizas Dance Ensemble members. The young dancers are learning the ropes from Seattle’s Bailadores de Bronce, our very talented adult troupe.

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A representation of a cemetery plot, as it would be decorated for Dio de los Muertos. On this date in Mexico, families keep a vigil over their loved ones’ graves throughout the night.

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Young senor and senoritas. Seattle and Washington State are home to a large Mexican and Mexican-American population. Fiestas such as this are becoming commonplace. In Yakima, we had a good-sized Latino population. But the folks were apparently not encouraged to bring their celebrations to town. I understand that has changed for the better.

Dio Muertes, Leaves, QA Bldgs, Short Run 114Our Lady of Guadalupe. Mother Mary. Her image is everywhere in Mexican life.

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Such an accomplished, confident young senor.

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Ofrenda detail. Note the dredle. There is a Jewish population in Mexico. — And of course, you see the ubiquitous sugar skulls.

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Living mosaics.

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Day of the Dead celebrants.

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And, Day of the Dead figurines.

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One more, fantastic dia de los muertos figurine.

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The young senorita and senor, dancing traditional Mexican dances. Elements of Spanish dance are of course, incorporated.

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Dio de Muertos celebrant wearing a very fine mask.

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The Joyas Mestizas Dance Ensemble says, “Vaya con Dios, amigos!”

Please comment! And note: I’ve done a Day Two post. Please read it too?


 

 

 

 

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