Day of the Dead: A Tale of a Mexican Halloween Tradition

October 31st , 2012 by
Categories: Mexico

la noche de muertos en el campo santoWhile Americans celebrate Halloween, Mexicans celebrate Day of the Dead, an all-night vigil of communion with the dead at the graveyard. It involves burning candles and decorating tomb stones...

When I was five years old, my great aunt Doña Juana took me on the most incredible journey of my young life.

It was the evening after Halloween, when I had gone trick-or-treating dressed in black from head to toe with the white bones of a skeleton hand-embroidered on my costume.

Doña Juana made the costume, telling me it was magical because she had sewn on bits from bones of a real cadaver.

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