Sunday, November 05, 2006

Dia de los Muertos

Thursday, November 2nd, was the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). We had no school because, even though our Christian school doesn't recognize the very pagan holiday, the public schools do. And we follow their calendar.
SO, halleluia for a break! We took advantage of it and 13 of the teachers went to Chapala, the town with the biggest lake in Mexico, and then to Ajijic, a neighboring town. It was really great to see some new sights. Ajijic had some awesome, colonialish Mexican streets and a plaza. It felt very authentic. And we saw some Day of the Dead alters. The people basically think that their dead loved ones come back on this day, so they make them an alter where they place flowers and the person's favorite food, and they light candles. Thinking, I guess, that the dead person will come back to eat. I don't know...
But we did get to go to an alter to Frida Kahlo, made by some art gallery owners, so that was neat to see.
The town Ajijic also had a lot of Americans and Canadians... apparently a big retirement place. It was exciting, though, that even with all of them it still retained lots of Mexican-ness. OH! but we did go to an American store, with all imported items that you can't get just anywhere. But holy cow was it expensive! For example: Kashi cereal $8-9.00. Natural Peanut Butter: $16.00!
So... I felt that I didn't miss anything enough to wipe out my funds.

1 comment:

  1. your sister2:33 PM

    i LOVE the boat pic, i want it!