Day of the Dead

by on Nov.09, 2009, under Art, Tattoos-Body Art

by Tattoosue on November 9, 2009

Day of the Dead TattooThis tattoo is a prime example of the colorful skull work typical of the Mexican holiday – Day of the Dead -also known as All Souls Day. It is a time to celebrate or a time to remember friends and relatives that have passed on. It is at this time that dead relatives are allowed to come back to their mortal relations for a visit. Graveyards are decorated and food is prepared to get ready for the visitation. It is celebrated in early November – November 1, is All Saints Day, and November 2, All Souls Day. To some, the artwork and celebration may seem a bit on the morbid side but if you really read about the culture and tradition behind the holiday you’ll soon get caught up in the positive angle. It’s nice to see a celebration of the dead rather than a fear that many of us have of leaving this world. During this time cemeteries are visited and celebrations occur. Tequila is consumed and music and celebration graveside is common. Americans seem to have such an extreme fear of death and dying, the concept of celebrating the dead is a difficult concept for us to grasp but why not? This seems to be a beautiful way to help celebrate the people that are gone. We could learn a lot from such tradition.

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