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Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Guanajuato, Mexico: Part III — By Jennifer Shipp
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Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Guanajuato, Mexico: Part III — By Jennifer Shipp

I have read that Dia de los Muertos is more comparable to Thanksgiving than to Halloween, but my experience hasn’t confirmed this. Indeed, walking through Guanajuato last night around 11:00 PM, the town didn’t have the quiet-American-holiday feel to it. No. No. No. Guanajuato was seething. The music was loud and the bars were overflowing. There was a cantankerous, rebellious vibe in the air. Yes, there were ...
Cempasuchil: Marigolds and the Day of the Dead — By Lydian Shipp
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Cempasuchil: Marigolds and the Day of the Dead — By Lydian Shipp

According to a variety of different pagan and occult belief systems, flowers contain etheric energies that beings on other planes can use for energy. Aztecs used marigolds for this purpose in their July and August ceremonies that celebrated dead loved ones. Westerners send flowers (usually without thinking about why) when someone passes and the flowers are typically stacked around the loved one during ...
Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Guanajuato, Mexico: Part II — By Jennifer Shipp
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Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Guanajuato, Mexico: Part II — By Jennifer Shipp

Writing about traditions that are deeply ingrained in a culture is difficult in part because none of the participants in the tradition really knows or remembers where it originally really came from or why they do what they do to celebrate it. The meaning of the holiday, the holiness, in a sense, becomes lost underneath all the ritual and requirements of the festivities.But still, there's comfort in ...
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Guanajuato, Mexico: Part I — By Jennifer Shipp
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Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Guanajuato, Mexico: Part I — By Jennifer Shipp

Since we arrived here a week ago, there have been booths and tiendas set up with sugar skulls. Mexico is where Dia de los Muertos originated and so the festivities and traditions surrounding the event still supercede the goings-on of El Cervantino (a festival celebrating Miguel Cervantes and art in general) and the arrival of the Carrera Panamericana cars.Dia de Muertos takes place over the course of ...
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