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Dia De Los Muertos 2010

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Well, it's been almost a month but I can't let any more time go by without showing these pics of Dia de los Muertos that Leslie and I went to again at Bare Hands Gallery in B'ham (which unfortunately is closing at the end of the year).

Dia de los Muertos is the holiday celebrated in Mexico and some other Hispanic countries to celebrate loved ones who have passed away.  It's been going on for over 3000 years and is sometimes here called simply 'Day of the Dead'.

The Aztecs and other civilizations there viewed death as a "continuation of life...To them life was a dream..." so altars are made for family and friends with their favorite things - food, flowers, objects that represented their time here on earth:

Dia De Los Muertos, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham AL

Dia De Los Muertos, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham AL

Dia De Los Muertos, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham AL

Dia De Los Muertos, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham AL

Dia De Los Muertos, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham AL

Dia De Los Muertos, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham AL

Dia De Los Muertos, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham AL

Dia De Los Muertos, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham AL

Dia De Los Muertos, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham AL

Dia De Los Muertos, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham AL

Dia De Los Muertos, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham AL

Dia De Los Muertos, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham AL

AzCentral.com really has the best overall website describing the holiday, I think.  Bare Hands Gallery is closing at the end of this month - it's going to be a huge loss to the local art scene - so there is talk that next year DdlM may go on at Space One Eleven.  Hope so.

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