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El Dia de los Muertos and Halloween…A Trip to the Market

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This weekend we took a trip to Market 23. This is a traditional Mexican market in Cancun that sells food, clothing, housewares, you name it. Right now, Mercado 23 as we locals call it is filled with el Dia el los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) items and it’s a lively place to visit. El Dia de los Muertos is celebrated in Mexico each year on November 2. It is a holiday which celebrates family members and friends who have passed on. Many Mexican families set up an altar in their house that displays flowers, candy, and candles among other things, in order to honor and remember their deceased loved ones.

On the Day of the Dead, Mexican children (and adults as well) generally wear costumes portraying death, like ghosts and monsters, but since Halloween has also become quite popular in Mexico, you can also find Halloween costumes at the market. This is actually why we visited, as Bebé’s daycare is having a costume/Day of the Dead/Halloween fiesta today! I don’t have high hopes that he will wear the hat that goes with his costume, but my fingers are crossed.

Anyway, back to the market. I would love to share my pictures. The market is such a fun, colorful place to visit this time of year.

Day of the Dead stuff…

 

 

Sugar skulls…

 

 

Sweets…notice they look like “platos fuertes” or main dishes…

 

 

Flowers for the altar…

 

 

Scary costume…I have a feeling there are a lot of these in my future so I chose something cute instead…

 

 

Various costumes in the stall where I bought Bebé’s…

 

 

I don’t think piñatas have anything to do with el Dia de los Muertos…I just liked this clown…

 

 

So colorful…

 

 

Pictures of Bebé in his costume coming soon…I hope.

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