On Friday night, most of the Day of the Dead activities took place downtown.  I had picked up the girls from school in their Halloween costumes and headed to the airport to pick up our friend Mike (one of my roommates at Syracuse) who is here for work and play. When we realized that there was stuff going on downtown, Hubby joined us and we stayed in there and took part in the fun. 

First I took the girls to buy Huipil – traditional Yucatecan dresses that are worn often by the Mayans, but especially on holidays such as this.  We got a notice that they need to wear them to school this coming Wednesday for a Dia De Los Muertos observation at school, so I bought them Friday night to get the girls out of their Halloween costumes and into Day of the Dead mode.

We went to the main plaza in the center of town, where towns from across the Yucatan had each erected a traditional lapa out of wood, stone and palm.  Inside each lapa was a traditional Day of the Dead altar on which was displayed photographs of a family’s dead along with favorite foods and drinks of the deceased (I imagine mine would consist of marquesitas, zarzabroso fruit punch, and esquites!).  Pan de muerto or “Dead bread” is a common sweet yummy bread that is served at this time of year, kind of the way hot cross buns are made at Easter time (except instead of a cross, dead bread has a little plastic skeleton decorating it).

Here are some pictures of the evening (including the girls and Mike learning how a street musician plays his saw).  Definitely check out this wiki-link to read more about Dia de Los Muertos –

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Dead

Click on photos to enlarge them! No, we did NOT eat at Chili’s, just had them pose in front of an “authentic” Mexican restaurant (sadly it does pretty well – there are at least 3 in Merida!).

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