A 3000 year old Mesoamerican ritual, since tweaked by the Spanish Conquistadors to be more Christian, the Dia de los Muertos is an annual celebration of the lives of the people who have come and gone before us. People who, the ancients believed and many still believe, have woken from the dream of life and passed into the wakeful realm of death.
The Phoenix Cultural Coalition put together a great day of remembrance and revelry at Steele Indian School Park in Central Phoenix, on October 25, 2015, to continue this rich cultural tradition in our area. It was a day of storytelling, music, dancing, great food, (like tamales and roasted corn), sugar skull making and a parade of Catrins and Catrinas to delight the eyes and feed the soul.
I dressed my granddaughter, Selena, and painted her face as a Catrina (image above) and was so excited and amazed when she won the children's category for the Catrins and Catrinas contest! She walked in the promenade with two actors/dancers who had played La Llorona and her husband in a skit earlier in the day. It was amazing. It was so nice of them to do that. I didn't have a costume on and didn't want to distract from the visuals of the promenade. I guess next year, I'll dress up.
It was such a beautiful day spent surrounded by beautiful people and beautiful music in remembrance of our loved ones past. Selena and I can't wait to do it again next year!
Dia de los Muertos 2015 Slideshow
All images © Kimber Scott, 2015.