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While credit is quickly becoming a thing of the past in the USA, here in Mexico we can finance our holiday booze!

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Any purchase of wine or liquor (beer excluded) over $60 USD can be financed without interest for 6, 12 or 18 months at Superama.

Next time you think your commute stinks, think of these guys I was driving behind…

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This house is one of my favorite places to drive past – these always make me smile. I wish I could say they carry the relief pitchers to the mound in the Leones beisbol games, but alas it is not so. 

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The observance of Dia de Los Muertos took place at the girls’ school yesterday.  It was stunning.  Each year the school builds an altar to honor the dead.  To make it more of an artistic opportunity, everything is made by the students.  To make it more of a green opportunity, everything is made from recycled materials.  To make it more of a learning opportunity, they choose a different region of Mexico each year and build th altar in the tradition of that community.

This year they chose that state of Michoacan.  Each year, mariposas monarchas (monarch butterflies) fly down from the US and Canada to Michoacan, so part of their Day of The Dead beliefs include that the butterflies represent the souls of the dead .  This year the school altar included many butterfly motifs – as well as the traditional skulls, marigolds, etc. 

All the children wore their traditional Yucatecan outfits for the unveiling of the altar.  The girls wore their huipuil dresses and the boys were incredibly dapper in their guayaberas and hats.

Children were encouraged to bring photos of those that have passed away in their families. The only family member whom the girls know who we have lost (far too soon!) is Aunt Carolee (Hubby’s aunt – his Mom’s sister).  Our cousins sent us a wonderful picture of Carolee hamming it up in a Santa hat – it fit in perfectly with the cheerful altar and got attention and questions for the girls as their classmates perused the altar.

Here are some photos which will show you how special their school is especially in the arts, click to enlarge…

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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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