I spent 9 wonderful days in Oaxaca, Mexico, at an assemblage workshop with Michael deMeng , where I was fortunate enough to be in the company of some terrific artists AND enjoy all of what Oaxaca has to offer during dia de los Muertos. The entire city celebrates the feast with comparsas (parades), ofrendas (altars) to ancestors, costumes, music, dancing, flowers, and wonderful people. Four days of celebrating culminates with a visit to the cemetery where families sit vigil at the grave of relatives. Marigolds and candles, copal incense, treats for the deceased, children in costumes, and at one cemetery, a carnival outside! It is a magical place.
|Calaveras in traditional dresses|
|Calaveras costume of recycled bottle caps|
Time capsules capture something current that people may look at 100 years later and find it curious, nostalgic or maybe extinct. I think family dinners are becoming extinct. Family dinners used to be the place where you could catch up on the things that happened during the day, complain about teachers, complain about work, share ideas and advice, etc. It's pretty hard now for people to slow down enough to sit together for dinner or to leave their smart phones and I-pads long enough to converse with each other. So many parents work too many jobs and can't be there to participate in a family dinner.