Sunday, November 1, 2009

Day of the Dead - Halloween

Halloween has reached it peak here in Monterrey. Apart from our traditional Day of the Dead where we visit the cemetary, clean up the graves and have a bite to eat with the dead, trick or treating is really the rage.

As we were coming home from Santiago last night we saw many trick or treaters out on the streets knocking on doors and screaming, "Queremos Halloween". Kids dressed as their favorite super hereos, brides, scary figures gathered their candy and headed home only to take the advice of local physicians on how to handle the candy to avoid contact with the H1N1.

In the plaza of Santiago, we did a quick walk around the plaza to see the advance of the remodeling project. The walkways are being replaced with hand-laid stones and it is coming along beautifully albeit quite slowly.
The church in the main plaza of Santiago, N.L.

Day of the Dead display in the main plaza. Notice the shoes and boots!

At the Secretaria de Educacion (the state education department) an altar was set up to honor the Mexican tradition of Day of the Dead. As you can see by the pictures below, the tradition is strong as ever and yesterday as well as today the cemetaries are packed with families bringing food, drink and flowers to the graves of their loved ones.

1 comment:

  1. you know, I love that Mexico is embracing the tricker or treat tradition, but I am hoing that they wouls chose to dress as a favorite family member or famous historical figugre. Thereby making Halloween a more converged celebration. But thenagain, I wax romanantic.