SOTBS Blog Hop: Paper Mache Catrinas for Día de Muertos

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In an effort to get back to blogging, a few of my "South of the Border Sisters" (as we like to call ourselves) have decided to team up for a monthly blog hop starting today. Our theme this month is Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead). If you would like to join in the fun, write a blog post with Día de Muertos as your theme then come back to this post to add the link in the blog hop below and let me know in the comments.  

Día de Muertos hasn't always been a big deal holiday-wise in our small town. I was greatly disappointed my second Day of the Dead in Mexico when there wasn't an altar, sugar skull candy, or pan de muerto in sight. I felt like I had been gypped. And it didn't help that the Mexican TV stations were showcasing how the holiday was being celebrated all over the country. Except my small town. But that was 15 years ago.

Over the years the holiday has gotten more and more popular here in town. For years the schools have built altars in honor of teachers and students who have passed away, and also for famous Mexican authors and/or actors no longer with us. And now all the local panaderías all offer Pan de Muerto in various shapes and sizes. But in the last three years Día de Muertos here in town has finally grown into the huge holiday that it is in the rest of the country, thanks hugely in part to the previous government administration. There have been Día de Muertos themed theatrical productions at the cemetery entrance and at the theatre, various religious and cultural events all around town, a huge community altar de muertos built in front of la presidencia (City Hall), and an annual paper mache Catrina decorating contest.

Every year I've taken photos of the dolled up Catrinas that decorate the town square and la presidencia with the intention of sharing them on the blog. I can't think of a better way to kick off our South of the Border Sisters Blog Hop than with a few pics of my favorite Catrinas from years past.

How is Día de Muertos celebrated where you live?


Las Catrinas...

Paper Mache Catrinas - lacasadeleslie.com



La Artesana...




La Arquitecta...

Architect catrina - lacasadeleslie.com



La Charra...
Charra catrina - lacasadeleslie.com



La Chilera... (With a basket full of Chile de Árbol Yahualica, the best chile de árbol in the world.)

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La Deportista...

Sporty catrina - lacasadeleslie.com



La Enfermera... 

Nurse catrina - lacasadeleslie.com



La Enlutada... (An ode to the book Al Filo del Agua by Mexican author Agustín Yañez.)

Catrina enlutada - lacasadeleslie.com



La Gastronomica...




La Maestra...

Teacher catrina - lacasadeleslie.com



Frida Kahlo...

Frida Kahlo catrina - lacasadeleslie.com



La Marchanta...

merchant catrina - lacasadeleslie.com



La Política... 

politician catrina - lacasadeleslie.com



La Universitaria...

student catrina - lacasadeleslie.com



Thalia... 

Thalia catrina - lacasadeleslie.com



The only Catrin: El Novio (the groom)...
groom catrin - lacasadeleslie.com



La Novia (the bride)...

bride catrina - lacasadeleslie.com


To learn more about how Día de Muertos is celebrated around Mexico be sure to visit the links below.


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