a little nugget of culture

Happy November everyone! Today across Mexico and other countries, people begin celebrating the “Day of the Dead” or Dia de los Muertos, honoring their deceased loved ones.  I think we’ve all established that I have some sort of fixation on death already so it is probably no surprise that I think this is an awesome holiday.  No, not cause I’m Catholic but because I think its just a beautiful part of my heritage that I don’t get to celebrate – lets face it, I’m a 3rd generation Mexican-American…that means I’m pretty much American.

my grandmas house

Anyway, I love this colorful and respectful holiday, people put up shrines (ofrendas) to their loved ones covered in colorful flowers, sugar skulls (calaveras), candles, and even sweets (pan).  If you’ve ever seen a Mexican cemetery you know they can be quite beautiful and decorated for this holiday.  I would probably have a field day.  I think my heart is pitter-pattering as I type.

Lately I’ve realized I want to travel to Mexico to celebrate some huge holidays in the country my family came from, I love history and I just think it would be amazing to see it all in person and experience it for myself.  Ideally I’d like to be there for Mexican Independence Day on September 16th and stay til Dia de los Muertos which is on November 1st and 2nd.  I feel like I could squeeze in a ton of culture into those short months and sight seeing, not to mention photo taking.  There is just so much culture and history that I can’t travel anywhere else without hitting up my own backyard first and learning where my ancestors came from, and I feel like this is really important to me.

But enough about me, are there any places significant enough to you that you feel the need to travel there soon??

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