One of the fun and exciting things to take place in Oaxaca, Mexico, during Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is the seemingly random street parades that appear and wind their way through the town center. Various groups – from school children decked out in elaborate costumes and make-up to wedding parties with dancers in traditional dress and paper-mâché caricatures of the bride and groom – march through the streets and around the Zocalo (town square), typically accompanied by a loud and energetic brass band. Occasionally the paths of different groups will cross at an intersection, the participants intermingling for a brief moment in time before continuing on their separate ways.
I still have calendars available with the proceeds going to support relief efforts for the super-Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines last month causing horrendous devastation and destruction. Rebuilding of lives and communities will be going on for quite some time from this disaster. Your support for my efforts to raise funds would be greatly appreciated and would be a great way to spread the holiday spirit.