El Diá De Los Muertos

By: ralphbarrera

Jul 07 2009

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Category: Photojournalism

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Aperture:f/2.8
Focal Length:26mm
ISO:800
Shutter:1/80 sec
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark II N

James Abbott paints a paper mache skull that will used in the Mexic-Arte Museum’s celebration of El Dia de los Muertos later this year on October 24, 2009.  Abbott is the job site manager for Goodwill’s “Viva Verde” work program designed for first time low-income young adult workers to get on the job experience and pay doing odd jobs.  de los Muertos later this year on October 24, 2009.  Abbott is the job site manager for Goodwill’s “Viva Verde” work program designed for first time low-income young adult workers to get on the job experience and pay doing odd jobs. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration occurs on the 2nd of November in connection with the Catholic holiday of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day which take place on those days. Traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased, using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. Mexic-Arte’s celebration will be earlier this year as to not coincide with Halloween on Sixth Street.

Photo by Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman

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3 comments on “El Diá De Los Muertos”

  1. i think that looks awesome real nice work

  2. This is amazing art work! Where is this museum to view this? Thank you.

    • Mexic-arte Museum on Congress Ave downtown at 3rd St. Not sure if still there, but they can tell you where they are. The people make and wear the masks for Dia de los Muertos in November, then not sure what happens to the masks.


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