Saturday, October 29, 2011

Day of the Dead Festivites

So last night our good friends E & E flew in from Seattle for a vacation here in Mexico City during Day of the Dead.  We got up bright and early this morning and made our way to San Angel and Coyoacan in the south to do a little shopping and enjoy the ambiance leading up to Mexico's big day on Wednesday.

Here we are in disguise as catrinas!  (Catrina is the word for the ubiquitous Day of the Dead skeleton.)  Bet you didn't even know it was us! 

Catrinas chillin' in the park in San Angel.

Here is an ofrenda on the street.  People build these in honor of loved ones who have passed away.  They are usually decorated with marigolds to attract the souls of the dead (thanks Wikipedia!), sugar skulls and the deceased's favorite foods and drinks.

Photogenic catrina.

In Coyoacan we found a whole tent full of Day of the Dead stuff.  Here is another ofrenda.

And here we have catrinas playing marbles.

We saw this giant catrina in the park, but you had to pay to get your picture taken with it, so we just admired from afar.

Coyoacan means wolf.  Neat.

And we ended the afternoon enjoying some Mezcal.  To me it tasted like someone put a BBQ in a cup, but others enjoyed it.

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