The Day of the Dead celebrates dead family members through a series of events that take place on November 1st and 2nd in Mexico and for many cultures around the world. The Day of the Dead in Mexico features two days of celebrations and festivities.Native people in Mexico traditionally marked the Day of the Dead by building shrines or altars to dead family members in their homes. Families would leave gifts for the dead in hopes that the dead would come and visit them. Food, alcohol, and other favorite items of the deceased were left. Parades and special feasts were also organized to celebrate the Mexican Day of the Dead.
After dinner we headed over to Branny and Leah’s place for a day of the dead activities.
Branny got these yummy traditional breads from a Mexican bakery for us.
Then the real work began. Leah learned this technique in an art class. It is kind of like a lithograph, where you create the stamp with linoleum. I am not really sure how to explain it, so I will describe it with pictures.
Step Two: We all selected a picture to make from the Internet.
Here’s Brandon hard at work. His stamp had A LOT of white space. Poor guy was getting pretty grumpy by this point.
Step Five: Take a roller and cover it in ink, put a paper on top of the linoleum.
Leah’s stamp.Branny’s stamp. He was really proud that it was done. I think that it was awesome. There was a pretty big mess left when we were all done.We had all of these awesome stamps, we decided that we would make awesome t-shirts with them.