Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Night Before

Ofrenda at the library.
To say that the town was getting excited today was a bit of an understatement. The children were all decked out in their Day of the Dead costumes and were hustling about the main square getting ready for the weekend. We walked around and did a bit of shopping.

Evening rolled around and we walked to the park where we heard there was going to be a gathering which would symbolize the welcoming of the weekend and celebrations. There were quite a few gringos there and a few Mexicans. They held a bit of a prayer ceremony and had some fire dancers perform.  It was interesting but looked like an event put on by gringos for gringos using some of the indigenous peoples rituals as the basis to start their weekend. To me it felt forced and not real natural.
Young boy in his best Day of Dead costume. 

After a bit we walked up to the main square and watched people. The first night of celebrating was fun to see and we are looking forward to the rest of our stay.

Stainless steel wires with the sun reflecting off them.

Ofrenda at the entrance to the park.
Large gringo Ofrenda at park. 
Blessing the Ofrenda. 

Fire dance.
Ladies of the Dead.

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