Thursday, November 06, 2008
Weekend In Review, Part One
I spent All Hallow's Eve with two friends enjoying traditional New Mexican food at Los Cuates. We brought our own candied apples and cotton candy to share for dessert. Not too New Mexican, but fun!
Saturday, All Saints' Day, is known as Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, in Mexico. The celebration happily spills over the border into New Mexico and we get to share some of the special cake served. We held a parade in Old Town, led by Mictecacihuatl, the Aztec "Lady of the Dead."
The parade ended at an altar with ofrendas (see tomorrow's post for examples of ofrendas) where we watched traditional Mexican dances, clapped along to mariachi music played by people dressed as skeletons, and then danced to the music of Wagogo, a popular local band. The evening lasted about four hours in a perfectly crisp and clear fall night.