My life.... one paw at a time.

My life.... one paw at a time.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Anipal Photo Hunt #12 Dia de Los Muertos/All Souls Day

Dia de los muertos ~ The day of the dead
It sounds like a movie.
The Day of the Dead is a tradition that dates back to the ancient civilization of the Aztecs. This tradition was originally held during the Aztec month of Miccailhuitontli, which falls during the months of July and August. After the arrival of the Spanish, the Catholic church converted the tradition to fit their tradition of All Saints Day, or El Día de Todos los Santos. It is custom to honor the people who have passed away with flowers called zempaxochitl, or marigold flowers. The dead are celebrated not only with flowers, but also with the cleaning of graves and altars that have ofrendas (offerings) for the dead. The offerings consist of el pan de muerto (the bread of the dead), sugar skulls, copal incense, velas (candles), favorite foods, drinks, and any other favorite object of the deceased. The offerings are done so that the dead may once again enjoy the things that they once loved. 

El Día de los Muertos is a day to remember our loved ones who have left the world of the living with stories and good things about them and by rejoicing in the idea that they will be enjoying their favorite things once again. For my mom, it is a combination day.  For on this day, 29 years ago, her mom went to the bridge.  There are other family and friends as well, but I wanted to just mention this as it is near and dear to our heart's.
I am honoring my brother Dylan.
Although I never had the opportunity to meet Dylan while he lived with mom, I do hope that our path's crossed. We both came from the same rescue agency.  I followed a month or so later. Mom still thinks of him and visits his website. If you want to visit as well, click on the picture of him on my sidebar. In remembrance of my brother, mom wears a dog charm on her bracelet.  Here are some picture's from a Dia del los muertos function that mom attended last year.  She is going to another one this weekend.

With much love, hugs & smoochies! XOXOXO
(credit to University Northern Texas)


  1. El Dia de Muertos is very special here.
    Thanks for sharing Dylan with us too!
    Kisses and hugs

  2. Thanks for sharing Dylan with us. He was very special.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  3. Well done post Hailey!!! Tell mom to give you an extra bone today,
    Madi and Mom

  4. What a very nice tribute! Great post! Lots of love, Holly and mom

  5. We honor your ancestors and thank them for you. May they all be at peace.

    BTW one of dad's good friends is an Aztec dancer and he has a headdress just like i the photos.

  6. Thank you for sharing with us about Dylan.

    Nubbin wiggles,

  7. hello

    i like your blog; and that is a nice post. I noticed that you comment and are a followers of my blog and I have not followed you back. Where are my manners?!

    Your pal

  8. Wow that looks like a great pawty! Thanks for the extra history too. Dylan was a cutie!

  9. Very nice tribute ~ Dylan is darling! Thank you for sharing. xoxox ~Andy


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