Wilde Meyer Gallery, 4142 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale
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Opening Reception: November 2nd, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Opening: : November 2nd, 2017
Closing: November 13th, 2017
Our third annual Dia de Los Muertos show and reception is dedicated to our wonderful animal companions. Please join us to celebrate their lives with us. Traditional Mexican pastries will be served.
This year we are encouraging our audience to send copies of photos of their dearly departed pets – favorite animals. Please do not send original photos, as they will not be returned. The photos will be displayed on our Dia de Los Muertos alter.
It is not a scary holiday. I can say it because I grew up celebrating it. Although I’m from the most northern part of Mexico, my hometown city’s customs are a little Americanized and because of it, the typical Mexican traditions from Central and South Mexico are more diluted. But still, it was an important celebration.
As a child it meant my favorite time of the year was here! The air is (or was) full of the toasty smell of burning leaves. The air is cold and is windier there. The leaves walk with you as you go along with the wind… and we walked; my friend Norma and I walked everywhere.
Also “El Pan de Muerto” (Day of the Dead bread) would make their once a year appearance for a few weeks. The bread, sweet but a little bland, and is wonderful with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee. It is enjoyed in the evenings after a light supper.
Another sign that the “El Dia De Los Muertos” is near, is the flowers you’ll see. “Mota De Obispo” is such a strange but beautiful flower. Deep red purple color and velvety to the touch. It looks like the ruffles and folds of a very elegant Spanish dancer dress.
The “Cempasuchitl” or Marigolds is another popular flower for this day. More than their bright orange color, what comes to my mind is their smell. They can fill the air with their aroma in churches and even the cemeteries. You can smell them from far away! In the spring I see them at the nurseries here, and to me, they will always be “Day of the Dead” flowers. Not a bad thing.
The cemeteries are full with visitors (live ones) the weekend before, the week of, and the weekend after. And it’s really a celebration. People make it a point to come. Headstones get swept, polished, and even repainted. They are then decorated with flowers and veladoras (candles.) A mariachi band would play in the background or someone might bring a guitar and sing our gone relatives’ favorite songs. Since it is an all day event people bring chairs, blankets, food, and drinks! Food vendors pass by saying “Elootess!” (corn on the cob) or it could be “Paleetass!” (ice pops) or something else. The rosary is read and yes, it can be a very sad day especially if it is a recent passing. But with the passing of the years it really becomes a day when you only think of the happy memories. The afternoon would be full of remember when’s…
In college, at La Univerisdad Autonoma De Cd. Juarez, we would have competitions of “Altares.” Each group was assigned a different State to represent. This is really how I learned about some of the different traditions and customs each Mexican State has. One of my professors even had a real skull that she would bring for this special evening! While this was an academic assignment, it was a favorite, and looking back it gave me a deeper respect and admiration for this wonderful day!
This year at Wilde Meyer Gallery we are celebrating our third Day of the Dead. I’m very glad to say that none of us has “gone” yet. So we are celebrating our wonderful and beloved pets that are gone now. Come celebrate with us! We will have an Altar and “Ofrendas” with treats for our dogs and cats. And Pan De Muertos and coffee for us humans. Los esperamos! (or, we are looking forward!)