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Corpus Christi's Celebration

ACCORDING TO THIS SITE: "The Day of the Dead is a unique festival that is the result of 16th century contact between Mesoamerica and Europe. Conceptually, it is a hybrid, owing its origins to both prehispanic Aztec philosophy and religion and medieval European ritual practice. Ceremonies held during the Aztec summer month of Miccailhuitontli were mainly focused on the celebration of the dead. These were held under the supernatural direction of the goddess Mictecacihuatl. Both children and dead ancestors were remembered and celebrated. It was also during this month that the Aztecs commemorated fallen warriors. According to Diego Duran, a 16th century Spanish priest, the Aztecs would bring offerings of food to altars in honor of the dead. They would also place small clay images that were supposed to represent the deceased on these same altars."


Yesterday [October 31st], Corpus Christi celebrated the 1st of three days of Day of the Dead

Aztec Ceremony:




The Altar:




The Street Fair:






...and with all the fun festivities and celebrating, there always has to be one who spoils the fun. Loud, Obnoxious, Drunken Disorderly!! [check out the socks!!]




Why Sugar Skulls? [Represented today in face art, paintings, clay sculptures & traditional form of the original sugar confection design] From this site: "Sugar art was brought to the New World by Italian missionaries in the 17th century. The first Church mention of sugar art was from Palermo at Easter time when little sugar lambs and angels were made to adorn the side altars in the Catholic Church.

Mexico, abundant in sugar production and too poor to buy fancy imported European church decorations, learned quickly from the friars how to make sugar art for their religious festivals. Clay molded sugar figures of angels, sheep and sugar skulls go back to the Colonial Period 18th century. Sugar skulls represented a departed soul, had the name written on the forehead and was placed on the home ofrenda or gravestone to honor the return of a particular spirit. Sugar skull art reflects the folk art style of big happy smiles, colorful icing and sparkly tin and glittery adornments. Sugar skulls are labor intensive and made in very small batches in the homes of sugar skull makers. These wonderful artisans are disappearing as fabricated and imported candy skulls take their place.

There is nothing as beautiful as a big, fancy, unusual sugar skull!

Although it is a holiday from far away in southern Mexico, it's a holiday one can personalize and integrate into their own religious and cultural beliefs. It is more of a cultural holiday than a religious one. It is a wonderful way to celebrate the memories of our loved ones who are now gone... through art, cooking, music, building ofrendas, doing activities with our children, we can recount family stories, fun times and lessons learned... not how the person died, but how they lived."


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Bud and I attended this street fair and celebration, we find it fascinating and quite enjoyable!!  Love the concept of celebrating life of loved ones' memories in such a way...happy to have known them instead of mourning and feeling sorry for those left behind.

21 comments :

  1. I agree that it makes much more sense to celebrate and remember those we loved who have gone over to the other side than to grieve that they are no longer with us. After all, eventually we'll be joining them, right? :-)

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  2. Hello Anni, looks like a fun time and a great street festival. I like the painted faces. Happy Sunday!

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  3. How exciting this must have been!! We haven't been to Corpus Christi since the death of my mother-in-law. We always loved to walk on the beach at South Padre Island. We usually visited at Christmas. The kids loved seeing Grandmother's banana tree with bananas on it. Thank you for this piece!!! Have a grand week!

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  4. A wonderful post as always, Anni! Your photos are the next best thing to being there myself!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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  5. I really enjoyed all the photos especially the street fair. Skeleton playing a six strings!
    I bet you and B had fun!
    Hugs 🎃👻
    Cecilia and Madi

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  6. Looks like a fun celebration. I like the idea of celebrating the life of those who have died

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  7. I love Tulsa's celebration but this has been a packed weekend and all so I'm going to enjoy yours instead. Great photos.

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  8. Excellent info about this tradition. So much better to celebrate and remember our loved ones.

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  9. Looks like you had quite the interesting adventure! Appreciate you sharing your photos with us :o)

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  10. Congratulations on another honor. I think most of our 50th Cowboy Homecoming celebration was cancelled last week-end due to the weather.. Lots of color in your street fair.

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  11. What an adventure you had there.

    Over here...not much of a celebration. .only mall had some deco.

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  12. A nice informative post and your pictures show happiness, not sadness. I love all the colors. Glad you attended and could show the festivities and decorations.

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  13. Wow! What awesome photos! Your pictures are great. I love all the colors. So glad you got to attend this awesome celebration. Enjoyed it.

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  14. My daughter loves Day of the Dead things! I didn't understand about the sugar skulls until I read this post! Great costuming! It's so fascinating...love everything Aztec!!!

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  15. I love the idea of this Holiday too and plan to visit a local museum here which has a month long display of altars. Makes sense that CC would celebrate it in style! Wish I'd been there for it...

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  16. I've never lived anywhere where this feast is celebrated. To the uneducated ear, it sounds morbid... until one takes the time to learn what it means. I'd like to have been there to see the celebration, and appreciate you letting me see it through your eyes.
    Please come link up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/11/waiting-for-metro.html

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  17. Fascinating and very informative post and excellent photography!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  18. Fascinating and so festive!

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  19. Well now, that is quite a celebration! Looks fun!

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  20. so much fun my friend.

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