Day of the Dead

We had a busy morning doing odd jobs around the house and trailer…..George waxed the trailer and tried to fix the house’s TV antenna (as we are trying to get TV over the air instead of wasting money on cable). I did some cleaning, then did laundry, including pillows and things out of the trailer.

Then, I participated in a water aerobics class. It was a really good workout. Now that the weather is nice, there are two classes a day. I’m going to try to make as many as possible.

After all that “work” around the house, we wanted to get out and about. First, we washed the truck, then went to the liquor store to buy tequila for margaritas for our upcoming houseguests. Then, on to a new microbrewery that just opened in Mission. Very friendly owners and nice atmosphere.

Then, we went to the town of Mission’s museum for a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Family Festival.

In Mexico, they celebrate this on November 1-2. Some people think it is just Mexico’s version of Halloween, but it is not. It is a time to celebrate with those people who have died. They build huge alters to honor their dead loved ones.

The alters include water so that the dead ones can quench their thirst for their journey back.

These also have figurines of skeletons, to symbolize that we can laugh at death itself.

There was lots of music by locals. Everything was in Spanish.

There were food stands where we bought dinner.

Some of the women and children were dressed beautifully in typical Dia de Los Muertos clothes and masks. There were people face-paining the little girl so they would have the traditional Dia de Los Muertos look. A fun evening!

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