Seven Superb Events Celebrating el Día de los Muertos
“The word death is not pronounced in New York, in Paris, in London, because it burns the lips. The Mexican, in contrast, is familiar with death, jokes about it, caresses it, sleeps with it, celebrates it, it is one of his favorite toys and his most steadfast love.” –Octavio Paz
Derived from divining rituals practiced by the Mayans and Aztecs along with Spanish influence, the Day of the Dead still stands firm as a beacon for those who believe, or want to believe, that death is a part of life. Art in the western world has always been fascinated with this notion—see Cézanne’s famous still-life paintings with their skulls and fruit, for example—but Día de los Muertos is the only holiday that takes the sentiment of those paintings and uses it to fuel a community event with massive participation. Here in Albuquerque, we definitely pronounce the word “death” (lip-burning and all) so naturally there'll be a whole array of Día De Los Muertos celebration options for everyone in the vicinity. Get out your calavera attire, paint your face (if it's not already tattooed, that is) and experience a splendidly unique holiday with your family and friends.