Dia de los muertos
I'm always fascinated by holidays and celebrations in other countries and cultures. I often use these as prompts to get my scrapbooking and journaling wheels turning. Even if I don't actually celebrate the holiday, I can always find inspiration from it!
Dia de los Muertos is a holiday that actually lasts for 2 days, both November 1st and 2nd. The first day of celebration is to honor infants and children who have died. The second day is for adults who have passed away. Mexico is the country of origin for these holidays, and they are viewed as days of celebration, not of mourning. Feasts are prepared centered on the favorite dishes of those who are deceased. Mementos are set out to remember the loved ones who have passed on.
My guess is, it would be very appropriate to create a scrapbook page on one of these days in tribute to someone who has passed away. Every one of us has lost someone to death. Take a wonderful cue from Mexican culture and celebrate the life and memory of that person that you miss. Include the details of their favorite foods, hobbies, and any other personal details or mementos that you can.
Here are some fun links to check out relating to this holiday:
- Day of the Dead and the sugar skull tradition
- Day of the Dead on Wikipedia
- Dia de los Muertos National Geographic
And if you are looking for a fun little movie to watch to go along with this holiday, I recommend The Book of Life. It's a quirky show that has an interesting story, beautiful artwork, and some great music. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it! It might bother really small children because of the topic of death, but if you have concerns you can check out Movie Mom's review because she is always great to explain what might be problematic. Everyone in my household enjoyed the show!
This image is from a desktop wallpaper site. I have had success with downloading wallpaper images and printing them up as cards on my pocket pages. This should be fine for this type of limited personal use.