We are in a second year of covid-cancelled events for days of the dead. The city does seem to be less dead than expected, though, especially judging by the large unmasked crowd I ran into last night. I was in a cab, so no pictures of that, nor would I have willingly thrown myself into such an infection-potential fray.
We took a stroll on the 27th -- I with a view towards maybe getting a few worthy pics & the dogs because outsidewalkyaaywagwagwag.
Gorgeous afternoon light on the facade of this chocolate shop on Porfirio Díaz ~
A little further down the street, the liquor store features a rather sweet, granny-ish skeleton ~
Passing from García Vigil through the plazuela of Carmen Alto, we encounter preparations in progress ~
It's charming how in this day & age pretend portraits where you stick your face in a cut-out still attract people ~
Hung out to dry ~
The archway at the Alcalá end of the plazuela has an all dressed up & no place to go aspect at this point ~
Hi Fumobici, and thank you! I didn't see your comment until after I finished the post above. I think I might be able to muster up some more marigolds for you.
Sunday the 31st I had a wonderful treat. I met friends of my sister who are in town for a wedding, along with their son & his fiancée. They are all the loveliest people imaginable and, after lunch at Mercado de la Merced, we walked around town ~
Two immensely talented American musicians react to a Oaxacan brass band playing in front of a restaurant ~
Leaving that very pleasant company, I wend my way back home, snapping as I go ~
Almost home. Here's my market ~
That's it up to the end of the 31st. I didn't take any pictures on All Saints Day, but went out this evening, All Souls Day, to see what I could see. Those pictures are still on the camera. Let me check them out & I'll host & post any that are worthy.
Unfortunately, there are crowds. There aren't the throngs of normal years, but to see any is disconcerting.
The doggies say Thanks, Aunt Tod! Tod, the care taken with ephemeral things here, such as arrangement of produce in the markets, never ceases to amaze me.
Yesterday evening I went out to revisit the site of some of the opening pictures of this thread -- the Plaza del Carmen Alto. Those first pictures were from the 27th, when things were just being set up. Let's see how they progressed.
Ambling past the pulquería around the corner from my house ~
Entering the plaza. Those marigold wreaths were a thing this year ~
Even diminished by the pandemic, it is still a magical time of year!
(I have always hated the concept of photo boards since I already am not a fan of seeing a photo of myself, and this just makes it worse. But I fully understand people who like that sort of concept, poor things. After all, it is sort of the origin of selfies.)
Your beautiful photos/thread are very much appreciated Bixa. The subdued decorations seem more exquisite such as you show around the doorway of the air bnb and I just love the muted color scheme of the doorway in your last reply, photos #4 and #5. Also love the brillant orange marigolds in reply #3, photo #5 and reply #4, photo #3. I am surprised with the amount of people who went out, but also nice to see how many wore masks.
re: withdrawal / lack of festive mood ~ I second those emotions. Since a big part of days of the dead consists of the home altars and family's observance of the holiday, it's rather disgusting that the ra-cha-cha tourist aspect was allowed to go on. Yes, there was lip service given to no mass events, parades, etc., but you can see from the pictures how that played out in reality. Luckily, residents here are dismissive of the "traffic light" designations of covid level. How very odd that we went to the desirable green light just before this touristic time of year.
That's a good observation, Fumobici. There is so much in the way of traditional crafts here -- weaving, embroidery, pottery, along with other creative outlets such as all the music schools up in the mountains. Even so, the desire to create spills out all over in the graphic arts, in design, contemporary music, etc.
Speaking of music, this might interest you in particular, Fumobici, as you're all the way over there on the west coast & you seem to get down to California occasionally. This is the website of the two musicians seen dancing across the street in reply #4, 5th picture: www.royaljellyjive.com/
Sorry for my late reply - I was in the middle of posting a couple of days ago when my power went. Anyway just to say how much I enjoyed your post. It is so good to see life returning to some semblance of normality, although I quite understand your hesitancy ( re Covid crowds.) As ever I love the vibrancy of this event, the colours are always so powerful, but I too especially admired the decorations around the door frame towards the end of your thread. What detail .... they must have taken so much work and many hours to create. I imagine those kids enjoyed the shock of passersby.