Day of the Dead in Albuquerque New Mexico, how is it?
Should you find yourself in Albuquerque New Mexico in between Halloween and the early days of November you may see some peculiar sites. Women in brightly colored, long flowing dresses with their faces painted like a skeleton dancing through the streets. Skulls crafted from sugar and painted to look more lively than a skull should ever hope to look.
Alters erected on the street and signs reading “Silence is Death” and “Reclamando Nuestra Querencia” in the style of street art. It is the Day of the Dead in Albuquerque New Mexico. Consider yourself lucky to be in this southwestern city of the United States at this particular time in the fall because Albuquerque hosts one of the most elaborate and culturally relevant celebrations of the Day of the Dead in the country.
Day of the Dead in Albuquerque New Mexico
Obviously, the Mexican contingent is alive, well and is represented in great numbers in the state of New Mexico and the Hispanic population goes in this southwestern city go to great lengths and take much pride in throwing one of the most elaborate and thrilling day of the dead celebrations in the country.
The main attraction is the day of the dead parade which is also known as the Marigold Parade. If you catch a glimpse of this celebration you will see people of all ages marching through the main streets of Albuquerque holding up photographs of loved ones who have passed.
The spirit of the festival is to celebrate and reflect upon the cycle of life. It is not to glorify death but to acknowledge it as a natural part of our human existence. Día de los Muertos is also a very important time of the year for Hispanic people because it is the time to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones. During this festival, the spirits of passed loved ones are invited to be a part of the family unit once again.
The Day of the Dead in Albuquerque New Mexico moved beyond the traditional incarnations of the holiday (although the traditional rites and means of celebration are in no way done away with) to become something of a cultural icon.
People from all over the country descend on Albuquerque in the fall to witness this spectacle for themselves. Local organizations have been formed and committees have been dedicated to funding, promoting and organizing the Day of the Dead in Albuquerque New Mexico.
Local artists are invited to submit their creations and compete to have their work featured on posters, t-shirts promotional items and in the parade itself. There is a theme that is selected every year that range from political calls to action to reflective mottos on Hispanic culture to coincide with the traditional themes of the holiday. Local musicians and bands perform for the crowd, playing contemporary songs and ones that hearken to the meaning of this holiday which is meant to be at once somber and lively.
The Día de los Muertos parade and celebration continues to be focused on community and culture. Hispanics are not the only ones in attendance either; people from all walks of life enjoy taking part of this important festival. Día de los Muertos is a very unique time so should you be in Albuquerque around October 31st, be sure to take in all of the sites and participate in this rich cultural tradition.
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