Dia de los Muertos y Cancion!

I can tell you that on this day, unlike all others, Mexico lives in my heart, mind and soul without question.

Experiencing Dia de los Muertos in a small mountain town in Morelos one year, and in Mexico City the following year, has instilled in me a deep respect and love for this ancient celebratory ritual rooted in the rite of passage for the spirit world. True to form, the spirit world is called back to earth to spend time with their families, friends and loved ones and yes, even pets are called back too. Families carefully decorate their family members’ graves with marigolds, candles, photos, food, and copal incense. They bring musical instruments or a radio or hire musicians to play at the gravesite. The warm glow of the candlelight casts a sentimental and cinematic look over the cemeteries, as this lighting is the only illumination throughout the night. There is laughter and celebration and sharing of food and drink.

And so I include this video of four top Mexican singers belting out a humorous and biting song about the skeleton or death called La Calaca. Enjoy this performance by Lupita , Tania Libertad, Eugenia Leon, and Lila Downs! Death is a natural part of life and fear is cast away because no one is free from its inevitable arrival.

La Calaca