Day of the Dead - Dia de los Muertos
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November 1st is Day of the Dead in Latin America and many other parts of the world with a big old Spanish influence.
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It's All Souls Day in the Roman Catholic world - the day the souls of the dearly departed finally get to enter heaven. Hmm, okay.
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And what better way to celebrate than with a big ole roasted pig?
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A close up because I know you want a better look.
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Outside the cememtary nifty entrepeneurs are setting up stalls. It's time to make some serious cash.
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So the deal is, everyone, EVERYONE, heads out to the cemetary. It's time to gussy up grandma's grave and have a big ole family party while we're at it.
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These are the poor graves. Anyone with money will stack their nearest and dearest in a cement tomb...helps stop the bodies float to the surface during the floods. Yes, really.
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You know those times when you head to the cememtary to do a bit of grieving and remembering and then suddenly you realize what you REALLY need is a new pair of shoes? Me neither, but this lady's got you covered if you're in the market for some new zapatos.
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Marg Arlt says...
"I love your comments. You are too funny. I guess you need to be in situations like that" (11/1/14)
 
We need flowers. More flowers. I'm not kidding - get more flowers now.
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And while you're at it, take a bit of time to bathe. Nobody wants to see a grubby mourner.
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Kites - it's all about the kites. Kites are eveywhere at this time of the year, and the traditional belief is that the kites help the souls of the dead to rise to heaven on Dia de los Muertos.
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I know, just like the family plot at home, right?
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I love you so much I'm going to decorate you with big, orange, plastic flowers.
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Cotton candy for those pesky munchies.
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Andrew says...
"Should have got the yellow roses, nooo maybe the pink ones, noo maybe ...." (11/2/14)
 
Forget those limp potted-plants they sell in grocery stores at Christmas -THIS is a poinsettia.
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Jen says...
"What is the white sprinkled covering??

Reply: It's whitewash!" (11/1/14)
 
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Let's buy some blowy spinny things. Grandma always loved those.
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Let's trim the flowers with a machete.
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I know she's out of focus, but she's so gorgeous I knew you'd forgive me.
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Scattering rose petals. How lovely is that?
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Keep flying
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Breakfast
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A quick paint job
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Yes, we live in the most spectacularly beautiful country. Lucky us. Come visit!
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Lovely ladies
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Gussy up grandma's grave and, while you're at it, why not buy a new necklace or some fancy earrings?
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Or an icecream..everyone fancies an icecream at the cemetary, right?
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Tombs...no floating bodies, and less weeding.
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Gorgeous
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Don't worry if you forgot you're sponge animals. This guy's got your back.
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Blue corn tortillas
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Handbags for sale. Of course.
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Deep frying fish in a clay pot. Love.
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And now for the real reason for the outing. Sumpango's kite festival. Massive, fabulously coloured works of airborne art. Crazy awesome.
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More cotton candy because we don't have enough tooth decay.
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Maya princessness
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Sigh
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The kites are massive - many taller than our 2 storey house. They're made of tissue paper hung on huge bamboo frames.
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The medium-sized kites
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Want a hat? He has hats. He'll do you a deal.
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Colour, colour everywhere
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Baby kites
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Why yes, creepy gringo guy has a pair of little girl's panties on his head. Not weird at all.
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A heaving sea of humanity...not my favourite thing.
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She needed a bag of coconut water. Me too, actually.
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We knew it'd be colourful, and we knew it'd be busy, but we didn't know it would be life-threatening. Turns out, when a massive bamboo frame plummets from the sky into the crowd below all kinds of dangers ensue. Hmm.
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Enjoy the colour, take your mind off imminent death.
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Glorious!
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Want an icecream?
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Icecream in a box, anyone?
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Crazy beautiful
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Sarah says...
"Hi Natalie

Stunning pictures. Would you mind if I shared some with colleagues who run a carnival learning curriculum? Yes believe it!! They try to engage adults through carnival costume making and kite making and I know that they cover dat of the dead too

Let me know about permissions to use. Much love to you all

Sarah x" (11/3/14)
 
You've still got time if you missed out on a hat.
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This clever geezer was walking around with a camera and a little printer. Love seeing smart business ideas!
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Just cuz she's so pretty.
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Up...
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Upper...
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Uppest!
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Nancy Dearborn says...
"I'm going nuts here.....so much colour....so much art! How very spectacular." (11/3/14)
 
Pointy poles - ready for impaling.
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If you need a pot...
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Buy a skeleton for the kids
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Candied fruit by the ton
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Lovelies
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Want lunch?
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Nisparos anyone?
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It's a red hot grill and she's using a corn husk as an oven mitt.
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Pelt man
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Hand-painted bouncy balls
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Drunk pig
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If you need a badly painted statue of the Virgin Mary, this is your guy.
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Martina says...
"We thoroughly enjoyed these pictures! They portray such beautiful people and amazing, gorgeous colours! We had a good laugh when reading your comments. Love your awesome sense of humour.
Asher looks so tall in this photo." (11/2/14)
 
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Munchies
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Hats
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Pay to be weighed. Freaky.
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Coconut guys
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Eat your way back to the car. It's the thing to do.
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