While traditionally Dia De Los Muertos occurs on November 1st and 2nd, in Tucson they defer it to the next weekend. A beautiful early November evening was perfect for the people of Tucson to gather to honor and remember those who have died.
Buenos Aires – December 2019 – Graduation Day
One of the interesting items of being in South America is the reverse of the seasons – making December graduation time!
Nothing better than a beautiful sunny start to Graduation Day.
The cruise ship is arriving from Brazil.
In the middle of the city some young ladies are celebrating their high school graduation in true Buenos Aires fashion – blowing whistles and going into the middle of the street during the light changes!
Meanwhile later that afternoon in Olivos the Naval Training Facility is having their graduation as well – in a much more reserved manner.
The band plays the national anthem.
The flags are ready.
The cadets are ready.
Seemingly bored waiting on the dignitaries…
They receive their diplomas and congratulations…
Finally it is done and the new graduates can pose with the Secretary of Security.
Evening is approaching so the boats return to the harbor.
With another great sunset it is time for….
Cleveland – November 2018 – Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead)
In Mexican culture the Day of the Dead is celebrated the first two days of November. This celebration honors the memory of those who have passed on.
Presented by the Cleveland Public Theater and Artistas Latinos Unios, Cleveland has had a Dia de Muertos for 14 years.
Most participants paint their faces.
While it might seem morbid, it is in fact a joyous occasion that is intended to dispel fear of death and embracing the cycle of life.
In Cleveland many non Latino people participated.
While most had face paintings, traditionally hand made clay skulls are also used.
The Cleveland Public Theater is housed in a former church. Inside they had a number of exhibits set up.
This young lady had one honoring her family.
As did this young lady. Note in the back numerous photos and offerings to her deceased family members. Throughout the church/theater and outside in the ‘pop up’ cemetery were a number of such altars (known in Spanish as ofrendas)
One of the event coordinators was ready.
It was a really cool event, with lots of great looks.
Stylish and macabre at the same time.
Finally it was time for the procession to begin…..
One of the bands lead the march.
Anyone who had signed up and was in ‘costume’ could participate.
Some clearly had spent more time putting together their look.
One of my favorites.
Many entire families participated.
This young lady had the face painting but the rest of her family wore the masks.
The origins date back thousands of years and coincide with the annual harvest. It combined Aztec and Christian practices.
Today is has become so popular in the United States even places like Party City sell merchandise for the celebration, although these ladies clearly did better than going down the local Party City.
Not sure why, but it seems every Cleveland parade has a number of people on stilts. But what’s not to like in a 10′ skeleton lady coming down Detroit Avenue!
More stilted skeletons.
A few had more simple masks, which this guy used to accent his great suit.
Historically in Cleveland most of the Latinos were Puerto Rican, but they too have embraced the event.
Also participating was a Horse Drawn Funeral Carriage. Note the very stylish job on the horse’s hooves.
The carriage had a mannequin complete with mask.
Dia de Mertos was a fantastic event – I can’t wait for next November. Look for one in a city near you.