Day of the Dead – Really?
We are in San Antonio for the start of the Mexican celebration of “Dia de Muertos” the “Day of the Dead”. This is a big deal here. It is celebrated from October 31 to November 2. I had a discussion with a gal near where we went for dinner. She explained the celebration. It is to celebrate the life of those that have passed, something that I could understand and truly appreciate. However, the motif of the celebration is decorated skeletons. That is kind of creepy. The date coincides with Halloween, which has evolved to be a big celebration. My puzzlement over this phenomenon is not to be explored here. It also coincides with the celebration of All Saints Day and All Souls Day in the Catholic and Anglican religions. I am reminded of this by a fellow blogger.
I was nearly caught by one of them.
There are also elaborate shrines erected for some. This one was for Emma Koehler, the wife of the founder of the Pearl Brewing Company, the only brewery that stayed in operation during prohibition. They brewed non alcoholic beer.
There is also a special pastry that is made only this time of year, “Pan de Muerto”, “Dead Bread”. Sounds yummy – NOT! It probably tastes good, I may try some tomorrow and update this blog. Pan de Muerto has pieces of dough on the top of the bun to represent bones.
I did try one and it actually does taste good. It reminds me a bit of one of my favorites, “Hot Cross Buns” at Easter.
So, I like the idea of the celebration but I can do without the skeletons.