|Mexican Handcrafts of Guanajuato. Mexico|
Popularized by José Guadalupe Posada, this Catrina is the skeleton of an upper class woman with large breasts and one of the most popular figures of the Day of the Dead celebrations, which occur during two days, November 1 and November 2, corresponding with the Catholic holy days of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Although these holy days have a long cultural history reaching into the prehistoric traditions of several European cultures, many aspects of the Mexican festival have indigenous origins in an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. After the conquest of Mexico, the Spanish superimposed their cultural traditions upon the similar Aztec festival and a synthesis occurred.
La Catrina, as it is commonly known, was a popular print in Posada's day, but soon faded from the popular memory. Along with the rest of Posada's prints, it was revived by French artist and art historian Jean Charlot shortly after the Mexican Revolution in the 1920s. La Catrina soon gained iconic status as a symbol of uniquely Mexican art and was reproduced en masse.
The image was incorporated into Diego Rivera's mural Dream of a Sunday in Alameda Park, which also includes images of his wife Frida Kahlo, Posada, and a self-portrait of Rivera.
The Magic of the Cities.
Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~ John Greer
Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Quinceañera (lit. meaning One (f.) who is fifteen), sometimes called Fiesta de Quinceañera, or simply quince, is the celebration of a girl's fifteenth birthday in parts of Latin America and elsewhere in communities of immigrants from Latin America. This birthday is celebrated differently from any other birthday, as it marks the transition from childhood to young womanhood.
In Mexico, the birthday girl is fixed up with fancy makeup. Traditionally, this was the first time she would wear makeup, but more recently this is no longer the case. She also has her nails and hair done especially for this occasion and dresses up with a fancy dress that she had chosen in advance.
In the Mexican tradition - and if the teenager is Catholic - the quinceañera festival begins with a Thanksgiving mass. For this mass, the teenager wears a formal dress, usually quite creative in fashion and reminiscent of what a western bride or princess would wear. Traditionally, the quinceañera would wear a pink dress to symbolize her purity; however, in recent decades, white has become the color of choice to symbolize this treasured quality.
She arrives at the celebration accompanied by her parents, godparents, damas, and chamberlains. She is also awarded a tiara as a reminder that to her loved ones, especially her immediate family, she will always be a princess. [Wiki]
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.~Buddha
Monday, October 24, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
“You see things; and you say, 'Why?'
But I dream things that never were; and I say, 'Why not?'”
“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
~George Bernard Shaw
Dedicated To All Of You!
Friday, October 21, 2011
|Little - Fri Oct 21, 2011|
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