The Guats Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos

1 Nov

I’m all parented out. On a weekly basis I give about 100 percent, give or take, and with all the festivities that October brought, this month squeezed out every last drop of energy my body possessed. From fall festivals and pumpkin patches to carving Jack-O-Lanterns and trick-o-treating. October kicked my ass.

But like any good parent I didn’t stop at 100 percent … I went for the extra 10 percent on top of that. The overachiever got into me, as did the exhaustion of packing in another activity.

But this one was different. This one had to be done. This one was about culture and remembering family. This one was the Dia De Los Muertos Fiesta. And normally as a good Guatemalan I would have made giant colorful kites and the awesome dish that is fimbre, but I could barely boil water for Mac-N-Cheese so we did without the traditional Guatemalan food, but the festival had plenty of treats to buy.

While exploring all the treats at the festivities, I was happy to explain to my son that this was a celebrations for us … an important day. It was a day of remembering his papa, my dad. We think about him everyday and how much we miss him. And sometimes it sucks and it makes us sad . But on this day we try to remember stories about his life, how he lived it, and how he made us laugh.

Dia de Los Muertos is about honoring those that have passed and I hoped I was able to do that by taking my kids to this celebration and telling them stories about my dad. And in addition to all that reminiscing they seemed to enjoy the culture that came with it.

 

Our day begins ...

Our day begins …

 

As we browsed the festival we ran into some awesome artwork

As we browsed the festival we ran into some awesome artwork.

 

This flask was something I was seriously contemplating.

This flask was something I was seriously contemplating.

 

The little something that caught my eye.

This little something caught my eye.

 

 

But out of all the artwork these tiny hand-crafted skeletons amazed me the most.

But out of all the artwork these tiny hand-crafted skeletons amazed me the most.

 

The altars in the front of the museum were so awesome that my son wanted to know when we were going to build ours ... I need to kick up my Martha Stewart skills.

The altars in the front of the museum were so awesome that my son wanted to know when we were going to build ours … I need to kick up my Martha Stewart skills.

 

After all the artwork we sat to witness the amazing dancers.

After all the artwork we sat to witness the amazing dancers.

 

When the fire came out, my son wanted to go into junior firefighter mode, but I assured him it was part of the dance and it would be taken care of.

When the fire came out, my son wanted to go into junior firefighter mode, but I assured him it was part of the dance and it would be taken care of.

 

As I watching the ladies get ready, I couldn't take my eyes off there awesome wardrobe.

As I was watching the ladies get ready, I couldn’t take my eyes off their awesome wardrobe.

 

These were some of the best dances, but for some reason my kids enjoyed the indigenous high-energy dancers better.

These were some of the best dances, but for some reason my kids enjoyed the indigenous high-energy dancers better. They’re into stomping.

 

As we hung out and watch all the dance troupes take the stage this chic blew me and my kids away with her awesome make-up. My son thought it was so cool he decided he wanted to get festive too.

As we hung out and watched all the dance troupes take the stage this chic blew me and my kids away with her awesome make-up. My son thought it was so cool he decided he wanted to get festive too.

 

It took a while to get to the face painting artist and after my son realized that he couldn't have Batman, he settled on a Dia De Los Muertos masterpiece. He was happy with it.

It took a while to get to the face painting artist, but the wait was worth it. After my son realized that he couldn’t have Batman, he settled on a Dia De Los Muertos masterpiece that had him smiling. My daughter wasn’t into it, she preferred to keep stomping to the music.

 

All of this happened to honor my friend, my dad, my TV watching buddy, the laugher of my jokes, the partner to my adventures, the listener to my stories, and the defender of my dreams.

All of this happened to honor my friend, my TV watching buddy, the laugher of my jokes, the partner to my adventures, the listener to my stories, and the defender of my dreams. It all happened to honor my dad and to remember his life.

 

 

13 Responses to “The Guats Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos”

  1. brickhousechick November 2, 2013 at 12:34 PM #

    Bravo, Guat!! Feliz Dia de los Muertos to you! Your kids will always remember these celebrations and traditions and will carry them on. I still put hay in shoe boxes in preparation for the Three Kings arrival and my teens still love it! 🙂

    • The Guat November 13, 2013 at 1:46 PM #

      Thanks I was hoping they would remember this little adventure and come again next year. Dude I forgot about the Three Kings, very cool that they still like it. I hope that when mine are teens they continue to hang out with me like your kids hang out with you.

  2. adinparadise November 2, 2013 at 6:35 PM #

    What a trooper you are, TG. I think that a celebration to honour the dead is such a marvellous idea. Your dad would have been proud of you. 🙂

    • The Guat November 13, 2013 at 1:47 PM #

      Thanks so much. We honor it every year, but this was the first year we went to a celebration/ceremony and I’m so glad we did, they got super exposed to depth and culture behind it.

  3. Cayman Thorn November 3, 2013 at 7:20 AM #

    Your father sounds like he will be a tough act to follow, but that little man of yours is gonna do just fine. Beautiful post, love how you intertwine the past with the present.

    • The Guat November 13, 2013 at 1:49 PM #

      Thanks! Glad you stopped by and that you liked it. And yes…my dad was super cool and you’re right, I think my little dude will be just fine.

  4. Coming East November 3, 2013 at 3:48 PM #

    Great pictures! We celebrated All Saints Day in church today. Our rector read the names of each person from our parish who had died this year, and he rang a bell after each name. We have different customs, but they have the same purpose, to remember and honor those who have gone before.

    • The Guat November 13, 2013 at 1:57 PM #

      Thanks I was clicking away as I saw so much culture surrounding us. The celebrations were very nice, and I was glad that they enjoyed themselves. The face painting pretty cool. Your church reading the names of each person is a very nice way to honor loved hones. Very nice sense of community.

  5. Jackie Cangro November 3, 2013 at 4:11 PM #

    What a wonderful way to celebrate and honor your dad’s life!

    I was first introduced to the little skeleton figures and the Dia de los Muertos from a co-worker who had the figures on his desk. Do you know the significance of them? Are they decorations for the day or do they have another meaning too?

    • The Guat November 13, 2013 at 2:12 PM #

      Thanks it was our first time participating in such a big celebration, normally we honor him with a small thing at home. But I was hoping to make it bigger this year. And it was cool. The figurines are always super cool and I love to see what artists create. These are used solely for Day of Dead, they’re symbolic pieces of art representing death and afterlife. I tend to get one that represents the spirit of the loved one that passed away.

  6. TBM November 4, 2013 at 1:49 AM #

    Such a great tradition and I’m glad you all did it. I don’t know how you do it. We had friends of ours stay with us last weekend and they have three kids. The kids stayed behind and from the stories I heard they are parented out as well. Seriously–lots of work to be a good parent. But I know you are and I’m so proud of you. We need more parents like you in this world.

    • The Guat November 13, 2013 at 2:15 PM #

      I’m so glad we went too! Even though I was totally exhausted this adventure was super cool. My son liked the face painting the best. And dude some of my friends have three kids and I have no idea how they do it. With three I think I’d be drinking and eating chocolate everyday because this parenting thing is killer. And thanks for the props 🙂 Made my day!!!

  7. Andrea Kelly November 23, 2013 at 7:15 PM #

    I’m sure it felt like almost too much to take on, but your kids will cherish the fact that you reached down deep and created such a great childhood for them, even on the hard days. These are memories that will live with them forever, and as they grow, you’ll be able to see them carrying on these traditions as well. It’ll be worth it 😉

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