Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

Sunday was Community Roots Garden's Halloween/ Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) party. We hosted the celebration along with MICOP, Mixteco Indigenous Community Organizing Project. Here are a few pictures of the fun:

We went trick-or-treating in the surrounding neighborhood with all the kids that came. There must have been at least 30 kids there. Our line was half a block long, and we pretty much depleted the neighborhood's candy supply!

Earlier in the afternoon, while the Mixteco men were building the Dia de los Muertos altar (in background), some of the families pulled out some shovels and picks and started working in the Garden. The atmosphere was so joyful, transcending that distinction between work and play. Here, a ninja and samurai help Lupe pull out the old zucchini plants.

The finished altar honoring the dead, with food laid out for loved ones passed. One of the most beautiful altares I've seen - the yellow flowers are marigolds that we planted in the garden for this purpose. Hanging from the arches (symbolizing the gateway between death and life) are fruit and pan de muerto bread in the shapes of animals.

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