Texas Tuesday: Día de los Muertos

Last Sunday evening, my family and I were invited to dinner at the home of some friends here in Houston. Our oldest son, six-years-old, decided to entertain himself at one point by taking photos of art that he could see throughout the home of our hosts. Below is one of those photos that actually turned out pretty well, I think:

Dia de los Muertos

No, this isn’t a Halloween decoration. It’s part of a larger display that’s connected to Día de los Muertos, which means “The Day of the Dead.” This Mexican celebration of friends and family members who have died is observed in many other parts of the world, too, including Texas. The celebration isn’t meant to scare people but to invite them to remember and to pray for those friends and family over All Hallows Eve on October 31, All Saints Day on November 1, and All Souls Day on November 2.

Interestingly, according to a recent article in the Houston Chronicle, monarch butterflies passing through Texas to spend the winter south of the border arrive in Mexico around Día de los Muertos. Does that mean anything? Resurrection?

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