Saturday, November 1, 2014

Dia de los Muertos

Happy Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead.  Having grown up in San Antonio, TX, this day is quite popular and very celebrated even with day off from school, parades, events at church and so forth.  The day is meant to honor those who are passed away.  This is often done by creating a small alter in their home with photos, flowers, gifts of the loved one in their memory;  going out to their grave to clean it and decorate it with flowers;  tell stories about and celebrate the life of those deceased through the night.  The often have these beautiful masks, called Sugar Skulls This Sweet Pea stamp is just stunning. It's from artist Concetta Kilmer and it is called Cupcake Beauty.  I did the entire card in Black & Pink. 
 
Many other faiths have a similar observation on Sunday called "All Saints Day."  At my church on the first Sunday of November, we light a candle for each member who passed away that year and observe a moment of silence.

Sweet Pea stamps have several other amazing images for Dia De los Muertos, in Rubber, check HERE, and look among the fall holiday section; for digital stamps, look HERE.

Happy Dia de los Muertos!

Holley

20 comments:

  1. It was interesting to read what customs/traditions others have on this day - November 1. Thank you for sharing this. Here people go to the cementary and light a candle in the memory of those who passed away. They usually also bring lots of flowers and/or (even more often) flower arrangements. But that's more or less it. No altars or masks for example.

    Your card is very nice. I like the splash of pink. :)

    Hugs! xx

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  2. I love Dia de Los Muertos! Your card is beautiful and I love the coloring and the blue tint outline on the stamp.

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  3. Very lovely card - great details of the colors and motives. And great background story, very interesting to read about. A lovely way to honour deceased beloved ones.

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  4. Fabulous card, love the image.
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  5. Great card .....and I enjoyed reading about how & why you celebrate Halloween. Thanks for visiting my blog xx

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  6. A fabulous card Holley, the image and colourway are gorgeous. Dia de los Muertos is a lovely tradition x

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  7. Brilliant Holley, I love the image & the colours you've chosen for her!
    Hugs
    Dawn xx

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  8. A wonderful card Holley, I love your Sugar Skull image and your colour choices.
    Janet xxx

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  9. Holley you out did yourself! terrific card.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  10. Hello Holley, loved reading your story very interesting. Fabulous card and love the image. Love the pop of Pink.

    Teighan

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  11. Fabulous card and great read really like the choice of colours. Jennifer xx

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  12. We went to leave marigolds on our loved one's graves yesterday. We don't do the shrines anymore. No time. :(

    Beautiful cards lately Holley! Sorry I have been scarce. Busy with preparing for our Church bazaar as well! :)

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  13. Hi Holley this is a beautiful card. We have celebrated all Saints Day at our by remembering the loved ones we have lost. Hugs Jackie

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  14. This is gorgeous. Such a great image and you've coloured and displayed it beautifully.
    xx

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  15. Great image and your coloring is so awesome!!! I grew up in the SW where the day of the dead is celebrated big. I always loved it because it is my birthday! Great card. Hugz

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