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Dia de los Muertos

November 2nd is Dia de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”), a holiday celebrated in Mexico to remember the departed. Friends and family get together to remember and pray for dead relatives and friends, special foods are prepared and eaten, parties are sometimes thrown, and altars are graves are adorned with ofrendas (offerings) of flowers (especially marigolds), skeleton figurines, and pictures and other items that remind mourners of the deceased, or that were treasured by the deceased.

Grave adorned with marigolds (Source: Wikipedia)
Grave adorned with marigolds (Source: Wikipedia)

Dia de los Muertos coincides with the Catholic holiday ”All Souls Day,” and traditionally following gatherings at the house, a procession will make its way to the local cemetery to lay flowers and other items at graves of loved ones, and to pray. Special reverence may be given to Santa Muerte (Saint Death); not a saint in the traditional sense, but a kind of demigod treated as a saint, who is petitioned for special favors that other saints cannot grant.

Santa Muerte (Source: Wikipedia)
Santa Muerte (Source: Wikipedia)

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October 27, 2010 2 comments

The Hand of God and other World Cup drama

The Hand of God can have many different meanings.

The Hand of God – La Nacion

And although soccer is like a religion for some, it has nothing to do with divine intervention in this case. It is, rather, the name of a controversial goal scored by Argentina’s Diego Maradona against the English side in the quarter-finals of the 1986 World Cup at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. Footage shows Maradona touching the ball with his hand; however, the goal was allowed and Argentina went on to win the match 2-1 and eventually the tournament. The name was coined when, during a press conference, Diego Maradona said the goal was scored “un poco con la cabeza de Maradona y otro poco con la mano de Dios” (“a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God”)


July 2, 2010 2 comments

Deshebrada en chile guajillo

This delicious-looking Mexican dish was posted by Siddhartha.

Deshebrada en chile guajillo

It’s a type of stew usually made with beef, but we should probably ask Siddhartha to tell us the exact recipe! Chile guajillo is a type of chili pepper which is often used in Mexican cooking.

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Read more:
Gallo Pinto – a typical Costa Rican breakfast
Mexican blogs from Blogs of the World
Paprikas Krumpli – Another kind of stew from Hungary

September 11, 2009 Comments disabled