Happy Dia De Los Muertos!

|November 2, 2011 | Mexico, Photos By J.Yuenger, Travels

Ciudad Valles, San Luis Potosi, Mexico. On the left, Halloween masks, pretty much identical to the Ben Cooper ones of my childhood, and on the right, a woman dressed as La Calavera Catrina. ” The Day Of The Dead ” is actually two days, November first ( All Saints’ Day ) and November second ( All Souls’ Day ), but the celebrations have been going on all week. Mexicans really love Halloween, and so they’ve incorporated it into the Muerte holiday, which means that, where I am, Halloween is a week-long thing and won’t be over ’til tomorrow. Pretty sweet, right? It’s not all candy apples and razor blades, though. Yesterday, we went to the cemetery and observed family members washing graves and covering them with flowers, particularly marigolds. Last night, we went to the village square, where high school rock bands were playing. Little boys, dressed as skeletons, and little girls, dressed as red devils or Catrina, were busy painting a giant papier mache skull. I don’t think a lot of tourists come to this town, but we’re particularly out of place here : we are clearly rockeros, music-counterculture types, but we’re not kids. Nobody can figure out what to make of us, and several times last night teenagers asked us to pose for photographs with them.