Santa Muerte, Day of the Dead, Halloween

A big Mexican holiday is approaching – Day of the Dead. Mexicans everywhere have plastered their homes with black and orange paper decorations, special orange flowers (the name of which escapes me at the moment) and are preparing their ofrendas – a table with Day of the Dead ornaments, more flowers and food and drink for their dead relatives to come and feast on. But all is not well. The American version, Halloween, has invaded Mexican culture, which has rather upset the Catholic Church. Even worse, the ‘saint’, Santa Muerte has an ever growing following, with many consider to be verging on Satanism. I found a cool photo essay on Time’s website about Santa Muerte, the best of which I have put in a slideshow below. Myself, I will probably be off to a graveyard in Paola’s dad’s hometown on Thursday night, with an evening in the Zocalo on the Friday to take it the sights and sounds of my favourite festival!

 

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