Saturday, November 03, 2012

Dia de los Muertos

In this household, between the two of us, we represent 4 cultures: American, Filipino, Spanish & Mexican. Each of these cultures are equally important to us, and we celebrate them often. Today is Dia de los Muertos, a holiday that celebrates the lives of our loved ones who have passed away. This Mexican holiday is meaningful to me because not only is it a reason to remember those who have passed on, but it is also a day to remember their personalities and qualities. If you were to google image search "Day of the Dead," you'll find a lot of sugar skulls and skeletons that are vividly painted in bright colors and smiling features. This is because this day isn't meant to be solemn, but rather a celebration of the lives of those who are no longer with us.   It is a day to remember their silliness, their kindness and the unique reasons they were so loved.

With that said, these days Dia de los Muertos has also become a tad commercial. Dancing skeletons and sugar skulls are all over the shopping centers, and Etsy has just sent me not one but two emails filled with items that are Day of the Dead themed. Personally, I love having a few bits and pieces within my house that remind me of this day and the Mexican culture, but I also think it's important not to over do it, and make the Mexican culture become "kitschy." It's a culture, a way of life, not the new theme of your living room. As someone who isn't Mexican, I find myself walking the line between respect and kitschy quite often.

Here's a few fun and cute things on Etsy which I find to be respectful to the culture as well.

Love, Love, LOVE these throw pillows from Pillow and Pocket. These are not necessarily Day of the Dead themed, but the images come from a popular Mexican game called Loteria which Miguel has memories of playing when he was younger.  I've bought 2, and the dreaded pillow hunt is now over!! 

This art print from Boxing Bear is pretty awesome. I love the grittyness of the print, and the expression of the mariachi skeleton. The Mariachi are some of the most passionate musicians I've ever seen, and I love how the artist conveys that in this print.

This cake topper is too awesome.  I love the idea of having these guys atop my wedding cake to truly convey the message "til death do us part." Definitely pinning this one for future reference! 

and lastly to end with a bit of cuteness, these corgi Day of the Dead Postcards are to die for. This is some cuteness overload. I'm two seconds away from ordering them, and for only $8 a pack, I won't feel too guilty. Now to think of someone to send em to.... 

 Hope you're having a fabulous day, and if you have lost a loved one, try and take some time to remember them and their qualities that made you love them so much. It might make you sad for a little bit, but simply remembering them is a great way to make sure their spirit lives on. 

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