Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Día de los Muertos

The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos in Spanish) is a Mexican and Mexican-American celebration of deceased ancestors which occurs on November 1 and November 2, coinciding with the similar Roman Catholic celebrations of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.

While it is primarily viewed as a Mexican holiday, it is also celebrated in communities in the United States with large populations of Mexican-Americans, and to a lesser extent elsewhere in Latin America.

A common symbol of the holiday is the skull, which celebrants represent in masks called calacas. Sugar skulls, inscribed with the names of the deceased on the forehead, are often eaten by a relative or friend.

A few years back Alexander Henry came out with some wonderful fabrics celebrating The Day of the Dead.  I couldn’t resist using it to make one of my Magical Slice and Dice quilts.   My niece, Christina is a collect of all thing Day of the Dead, so of course this became gift for her and it now lives in San Francisco.

Day of the Dead Quilt And here is a close-up.

Closeup of Day of the Dead Quilt I love how it came out.



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