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Happy Dia de los Muertos!

Nov 1, 2008

by Alison Feldmann

Happy Dia de los Muertos! (aka Day of the Dead) The Day of the Dead is the traditional Mexican holiday to pray for and remember friends and relatives who have died. It also has amazing iconography and handmade traditions, like sugar skulls and paper cut-out banners. This collection of Day of the Dead inspired artwork is in reverence to this holiday.


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61 comments

  • kittyd

    kittyd said 10 years ago

    What a way to celebrate!

  • NicoAndMooMoo

    NicoAndMooMoo said 10 years ago

    Beautiful and colorful tradition to remember our beloveds.

  • uncharted

    uncharted said 10 years ago

    love all the bright colors!

  • DirtyFootprints

    DirtyFootprints said 10 years ago

    I love it!

  • Valleycreations

    Valleycreations said 10 years ago

    Great items!

  • lifeimagined

    lifeimagined said 10 years ago

    My friend runs the AngelCity store! It's great to see her work here.

  • DiegosHouseofSugar

    DiegosHouseofSugar said 10 years ago

    Anything Day of the Dead I love! GRRREAT article! Especially great to see CarmelaJay there :) Her work is fantastic.

  • DiegosHouseofSugar

    DiegosHouseofSugar said 10 years ago

    Oh! And in participating with the theme, anyone in the LA area has to check out this Dia de los Muertos festival a fellow Etsier turned me on to. It is the "DOD" festival at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Apparently it is absolutely amazing and many travel from surrounding states just to attend!

  • CarryMeAway

    CarryMeAway said 10 years ago

    I have a dia de los muertos tote! check it out! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=15553489

  • dogties

    dogties said 10 years ago

    Love the skulls!

  • 609East

    609East said 10 years ago

    Great collection!!!

  • BorderArts

    BorderArts said 10 years ago

    I have Dia de Los Muertos shrines! LOVE this holiday!

  • surly

    surly said 10 years ago

    Great story! See you at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood tonight for the Dia De Los Muertos festival!

  • GoldenFlowerCreation

    GoldenFlowerCreation said 10 years ago

    I GREW UP IN A COUNTRY GREATLY INFLUENCED WITH THE SPANISH CULTURE AND DAY OF THE DEAD ARE ONE OF THE MOST CELEBRATED HOLIDAYS! SEEING THIS MADE ME NOSTALGIC!!! :)

  • QueMilagroStudios

    QueMilagroStudios said 10 years ago

    Dia De Los Muertos has always been a family day with in my home. I was raised in southern cal in a strong catholic family with mexican traditions. And now we education a new generation and many people who are interested in learning about the celebration.

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy said 10 years ago

    my friend went down to mexico to celebrate! woo hoo!

  • spaceoddities

    spaceoddities said 10 years ago

    ooooh love this stuff!

  • backwoodsophisticate

    backwoodsophisticate said 10 years ago

    These are great! Another awesome skeleton artist who kind of fits here is Jtnee. Check this out: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=14908129

  • JoyandWhimsy

    JoyandWhimsy said 10 years ago

    I listed a Mexico City ghost book with beautiful illustrations of the city's streets, parks, and homes. It's a fun tale that's like part travel book and part friendly ghost story at: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=15537264

  • goldie2675

    goldie2675 said 10 years ago

    these are some of my favorite shops on etsy! What a great topic!

  • houndmade

    houndmade said 10 years ago

    Happy Dia de los Muertos!

  • Dalya

    Dalya said 10 years ago

    You forgot this listing: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=16791528 10inch Los Novios Washable Cloth Menstrual Pad!

  • thaneeyabean

    thaneeyabean said 10 years ago

    Great stuff! Thank you for including my Day of the Dead necklace!! ♥

  • bunnyartboathut

    bunnyartboathut said 10 years ago

    dia de los muertos aprons for children at: bunnyartboathut.etsy.com gold teeth, ya'll!

  • mullishmuse

    mullishmuse said 10 years ago

    i passed by the graveyard today...which today (nov. 1) is for the dead children. they make cool breads shaped like toys and create elaborate wreaths with orange flowers and ribbon. tomorrow is the big night though, celebrating deceased adults-- where they eat at the grave site, favorite foods of the dead, play music in the cemetery, burn copal incense. just thought i would give a few more details for folks that weren't familiar.

  • CositasSeriasVintage

    CositasSeriasVintage said 10 years ago

    I LOVE IT! I'm on my way tomorrow to a beautiful day of the dead celebration in East Los Angeles. This year's celebration will be very meaningful to me as I've recently lost my grandfather. Dia de lis Muertos is a wonderful day to remember and celebrate the lives of those we've lost but continue loving!

  • 2gorditas

    2gorditas said 10 years ago

    Feliz Dia de los Muertos!! Great choices! Don't forget about us! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=14838977

  • SplishySplashCraft

    SplishySplashCraft said 10 years ago

    I have Dia de Los Muertos Stamps! Love thoses sugar skulls! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=16095681

  • rinkitink

    rinkitink said 10 years ago

    thanks for celebrating this! I love it!

  • KariCrumpMosaics

    KariCrumpMosaics said 10 years ago

    Hey check out my mosaic sugar skull day of the dead window !!! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=15510891 LOVE this holiday!!

  • azzutaluna

    azzutaluna said 10 years ago

    Hey, don't forget about ME, "Death of the Party!" I'm a life sized marrionette, made completely from and dressed in would-be discarded items. Check me out!

  • azzutaluna

    azzutaluna said 10 years ago

    Guess it wouldn't hurt to add the link! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=14238272

  • happysilence

    happysilence said 10 years ago

    I am very glad to see this Storque article on Dia de los Muertos as I find this holiday to be a big inspiration in my own work.

  • LoveMeTwoTimes

    LoveMeTwoTimes said 10 years ago

    Just a great article! Thank you for featuring this wonderful holiday.

  • BadBabyQuilts

    BadBabyQuilts said 10 years ago

    No papel picado? I bought some terrific tissue papel picado from aymujer - http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=15684213 -- and I offer some fabric Papel Picado: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=16117400

  • grflores

    grflores said 10 years ago

    Omg! One of my favorite holidays!!! So colorful and festive!!

  • flyballbags

    flyballbags said 10 years ago

    i wish an etsian would sell shadowboxes of day of the dead scenes... like they do in mexico. i love them!

  • BadBabyQuilts

    BadBabyQuilts said 10 years ago

    Flyballbags, BorderArts sells shadowboxes. Here's one: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_6&listing_id=9655228

  • robogirl116

    robogirl116 said 10 years ago

    Dia De Los Muertos, love those cute little skeletons. I love the colors. they're beautiful. Betty the pug http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5978097

  • missevilkitty2

    missevilkitty2 said 10 years ago

    Dia De Los Muertos is one of the best things to come out of mexico besides the food : Via Dia De Los Muertos :) and all of los mexicans:D

  • spartasoap

    spartasoap said 10 years ago

    This is a great article, Happy Dia de los Muertos!

  • candypegram

    candypegram said 10 years ago

    cool article

  • wyattsmagicwagon

    wyattsmagicwagon said 10 years ago

    awesome article love all the creations!!!

  • DianaEvans

    DianaEvans said 10 years ago

    Cool piece on this Holiday...we have something similar here ....everyone goes to visit their deceased family at the graveyard....flowers are laid and prayers are said.... thanks for sharing this... Cheers, Diana

  • jillhruska

    jillhruska said 10 years ago

    love the article! check out my bags in day of the dead fabric!!

  • CannibalCandies

    CannibalCandies said 10 years ago

    Check out my Day of the Dead guitar pick earrings too! :)

  • camilita

    camilita said 10 years ago

    I was born and raised in Mexico, and even so I've lived in the Us for 16 years, I still set up a small altar for Dia de Muertos to celebrate my "muertitots". Great article!

  • StarfishJewelry

    StarfishJewelry said 10 years ago

    For Those Who Came Before Us For those who came before us, Father, Sister, Mother For all who died in war, Brother versus brother For anyone who died of a broken heart May their wishes all come true For all the Gods forgotten, May we remember you For dead movie stars and musicians, Who reached the peak of fame, For the peasants of the past, Who shall remain unnamed. For the Saints and the Healers, Whose torches lit the way For our Ancient Families And the wisdom of their day For those who died of illness, murder or neglect Tonight we honor you In your light may we reflect For all of the lost spirits and ghosts Forgotten but not gone Tonight we dance for you, May you see the break of dawn For those who died unnoticed, Lonely in their graves For those who died as captives, fugitives and slaves For those whose time came early, For those whose time was right Tonight we honor you With our Sacred circle’s light From the ashes, the Phoenix rises, A brand new life to live We wish you love, joy and happiness Among our offerings to give Tonight we dance for you Come join us in our fun For those who came before us, The Party’s just begun. ~by Sopdet Meritehuti

  • dianacolada

    dianacolada said 10 years ago

    ah, i knew twas you! te amo mi chica bonita. gracias!

  • Hyena

    Hyena said 10 years ago

    Che lindo!!! Especially PersephonePlus's earrings!

  • BluCille

    BluCille said 10 years ago

    I actually went to a day of the dead art gallery. Feliz dia de los muertos!

  • Sandro95

    Sandro95 said 10 years ago

    awesomeness!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 10 years ago

    I just love all of them so much!!!

  • barbosaart

    barbosaart said 10 years ago

    I love the article and I love Day of the Dead!

  • CutieDynamite

    CutieDynamite said 10 years ago

    Gorgeous!

  • UniTiger

    UniTiger said 10 years ago

    I love the little cute ghosts!

  • sweetlilnothings

    sweetlilnothings said 10 years ago

    I've always loved this holiday and it's aesthetic. If I could afford it, I would decorate my home with all things "Day of the Dead." I must say, I like the different directions people are taking the aesthetic. I'm always looking for new ways to represent something and some of you guys out in etsy have really hit on some great stuff!

  • PersephonePlus

    PersephonePlus said 10 years ago

    Whee.....! thanks for this....(and thank you Hyena!)

  • vesedo

    vesedo said 10 years ago

    Love Mexico, yes, amazing!!!

  • PiperBags

    PiperBags said 10 years ago

    Sonoma has a tradition of celebrating the Day of the Dead. It really is a whole community involvement. Although some in the town say it is too morbid an idea to celebrate, I think it is a wonderful way to remember and celebrate the loved ones we have have lost. I make an altar in my dining room. This year I made 3 different brightly colored Dia Bags and they sold out in a couple of days. Someday, I hope to go to Oaxaca and see the celebrations in person!

  • KarlaElyGlass

    KarlaElyGlass said 7 years ago

    My art was included in the exhibit at the Dia de los Muertos festival this weekend at the Hollywood Forever Cemetary - what a splendid bash! Check out my shop to see a few of my pieces... I will post more upon my return.

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