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Dia de Los Muertos Celebration 
 
Nov. 3, 2011 4:22 pm 
Updated: Nov. 3, 2011 8:01 pm
I’ve seen the artistic craze of Day of the Dead merchandise a lot in recent years.  I’ve even been to a Day of the Dead themed wedding, which I totally loved.  But Day of the Dead isn’t just about painted skulls, even though I haven’t met a painted skull I didn’t like. 
Growing up in my American/Mexican family, it wasn’t a day we really recognized.  It wasn’t until a trip I gifted my dad to see relatives in Mexico City that this significant day sparked my interest beyond the painted skulls. 
To my delight, Forest Lawn in Covina hosted their second annual Dia de Los Muertos celebration.  Out of curiosity, I decided to go and take the person who I knew would appreciate it most…my dad.  I figured it would be a good opportunity for my dad to celebrate the ones he’s lost along his journey..his parents, a brother, cousins, and most significantly, my sister. 
The celebration featured artists that appealed to children and adults alike.  A beautifully played mariachi graced the mass that was given by Pastor Ramon Palomero who sang Amor Eterno (a tear jerker of a song) to close out the ceremonies.
 There was an altar designed and made by Ofelia Esparza.  Ofelia is quoted as saying she celebrates in significance to what she calls“Las Tres Muertes,” the three deaths. Esparza said that in life we all go through three stages of death: the day we die, the day we are buried and the day we are forgotten. 
As part of the celebration, loved ones eat pan de muertos as well as the relative's favorite foods. The bones represent the lost one and there is normally a baked tear drop on the bread to represent sorrow. The bones are represented in a circle to portray the circle of life. (from Wikipedia)
 
I’ve never made pan de muertos, but I hope to try next year.  As part of the tradition of the relative’s favorite foods, my husband and I made pozole, his late father’s favorite.  Which I’ll share on my next post.
Buen Provecho
Frida Khalo's house
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Gitano 
Nov. 3, 2011 6:13 pm
Feliz dia de los Muertos...albeit a day late... what a wonderful daughter you are to your father. He is certainly blessed to have you in his life! Looking forward to the pozole recipe too.. :)
 
Nov. 3, 2011 8:01 pm
I only recently "learned" more about the occasion, and "pan de muertos." Thanks for sharing your story!
 
 
 
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Born in Mexico...raised a California girl, I'm always trying to find my roots with my cooking. I have a big family with my mom as matriarch and master cook. So I have some big shoes to fill.
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