Day of the Dead: Old School and New School


Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it is a national holiday, and all banks are closed. The celebration takes place on November 1, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.    Wikipedia has much more

Alma’s Oilcloth and Chucherias has very traditional Mexican paper decorations.  Alma is at the Wednesday market with her family’s stand, the Sebastopol Berry Farm and at the Saturday market with her wonderful oilcloth designs and chuchuerias.



If you are thinking more new school check out Gandolf’s chocolate skulls.  Gandolph is at the Saturday market.  If you want to be the most popular house on the block for Halloween give out Gandolf”s Fine Chocolates – he has candy bars and small bags — perfect for Halloween.