Friday, November 2, 2012


Hello Everyone
Sharing some of my Mexican culture and traditions
with you today
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 and 2, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skullsmarigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.
Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztecfestival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. The holiday has spread throughout the world: In BrazilDia de Finados is a public holiday that many Brazilians celebrate by visiting cemeteries and churches. In Spain, there are festivals and parades, and, at the end of the day, people gather at cemeteries and pray for their dead loved ones. Similar observances occur elsewhere in Europe, and similarly themed celebrations appear in many Asian and African cultures.

I created this shrine for a
Altered Tin swap I participated in September.

 Altoids Tin
Mini Frame from Michael's
Beautiful image from the Internet

Added clear crackle
Black rub-n-buff

I used Creative Paperclay®
Wilton Mini Skulls mold

Sharpie Extra Fine Markers
Sakura - Moonlight Pens
 Assorted sea beads
 Mulberry flowers
Lottery Card "El Corazon" (The Heart)
black glitter
Thanks for stopping by


Anonymous said...

Jess~You need to hurry & run enter this at We are having a "Day of the Dead/Sugar Skull" Challenge over there that ends in just a little over a day! Hugs~Patti PPP DT

Ally White Cat said...

This is stunning and haunting, so wonderful. thank you for joining us at Poisoned peas please.
susan s

jengd said...

This is gorgeous! Beautifully done and obviously a lot of work! So glad you joined us at Poisoned Peas!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for joining us at Poisoned Peas Please. I hope you will join us again. I love this. Good Luck~Patti PPP DT

ike said...

This is fabulous. I love the painting on the tiny skull. Amazing.
Thank you for playing along with us at Poisoned Peas. :-)

Kristina said...

This is just brilliant! I so love everything about it! You did a great job! Thank you for sharing with us at PPP!