In the fall, millions of monarch butterflies return home to Mexico, a collaborative migration of up to 3,000 miles. For the ancients, these butterflies were returning warriors who had died in past battles, and the return of these brave ancestors and their sacrifices were honored through a celebration of life.
This ancient cycle of nature and ritual celebration has evolved into an annual 2-day culturally rich, spiritual festival dear to my heart, El Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead (Nov. 1-2). Families continue to celebrate the lives of their loved ones who have died through deeply symbolic offerings, food, marigolds, stories, altars, music and traditional costumes.
I love the variety of folk art inspired by Day of the Dead and always enjoy the opportunity to be a part of art swaps and shows with this festive theme. Below are a couple of ATC’s (and one painting) for swaps I made sharing the lighter side of Day of the Dead with others.
See more of my Day of the Dead artwork here.