Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Dia de los Muertos with Self Help Graphics

Although Halloween has always been a favorite holiday, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an even cooler event!

Skulls and death are similar between the two and calendar placement doesn't help, but Day of the Dead is more about celebrating those that have died as opposed to scaring and creating fear about dying.

DOD participants set up elaborate altars with pictures and personal items in remembrance of the departed. People definitely dress for the occasion, ranging from traditional outfits to punk rocker attire, both with the painted white faces with black skull details. Festive tissue paper papel picado designs like these skeletons decorate the space. Of course, food is central to the celebration. The special sweet bread - pan de muerto - is something to look forward to each year. Add some music and dancing, and it's a party!

This was the first time I've celebrated in Los Angeles outside the Self Help Graphics location. This year, they moved the event to the East LA Civic Center, while maintaining all the energy of the original spot. And, for all of you tired of seeing my light blue with red ringers DOD t-shirt (I'm wearing it in the About Me photo to the right), I did score on another version from the same designer. Keep an eye out for both shirts in my LA adventures!

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