Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Soledad Etla - "Mexican Halloween"

Instead of mourning the dead, Mexicans celebrate the memory of their deceased relatives with their festive Day of the Dead.  This is a joyous reunion of all family members, both living and dead.  It is celebrated in homes, the streets, and in cemeteries.  Following this event, the village of Soledad Etla, 20 minutes outside of Oaxaca, is the scene of a gathering of people from the surrounding villages, similar to Halloween in the USA, where "monsters" parade through the streets to the village church.  There is much merrymaking, music, and feasting.  Children are an important element of the celebration.

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