The Sunday Traveler~Close to Home

The Sunday Traveler traveled to Oakland, California last Sunday; travel is travel. I hopped on the rapid transit train for a 30 minute trip to attend the Oakland Museum of California’s celebration for Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

Dia de Los Muertos is celebrated in Mexico, and pretty much by many Mexican peoples world wide. A day, November 2nd, to celebrate our ancestors who have departed this plane of life. Altars are set up with photos of those now gone, with foods and items that were loved in this life. Some say the spirits of the dead arrive on October 31st and depart back “home” on November 2nd. And I’ll put in a plug here for the movie Coco that tells the story extremely accurately and well. If you haven’t seen it, please give it a try over this week; I think you’ll like it.

The celebration at the Oakland Museum was beautiful, and I’ll just follow with a few photos from here

The Sunday Traveler was most inspired and made to think about the altar in the first photo at the top of this post, an altar to those who die on the streets with no home, the sign on the altar, Hogar sin Suenos (home without dreams) made me think that maybe in the next life we come to understand that we were only dreaming here.

I’ll be traveling again this coming week, going to celebrate a little bit of this life with family for the next couple of weeks. I’ll see you when I get back with more stories and ongoing postcards from Mexico that remain in line to be posted here from that travel in July. Many more photos can be found on my Instagram page, that can be found at angeline.am on Instagram.

Hasta luego mis amigos. Until later my friends.

 

 

 

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About Angeline M

Love travel and photography. I am a retired nurse case manager. Photos of locations visited are personal file photos.
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15 Responses to The Sunday Traveler~Close to Home

  1. Marvellous images Angeline … I’m with Amy, the last image is special 🙂

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  2. Impressively beautiful photography, and the text as well, make this a topnotch post. It is much appreciated by a lazy-chair traveller like me. Bon voyage.

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  3. Well done, Angeline. Your photos capture the event in such a closeup, personal way. The headdresses are quite ornate and the photo that grabs my attention the most is the last one of the lady bathed in sunlight through the smoke from the incense. Kudos for spotting her and making such a wonderful image.
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    • Angeline M says:

      Thanks so much, Allan. The ceremony had ended and she came to collect the pot of incense after everyone had gone. Something just told me to hang out for a little bit. Going to post one more of the pot alone in just a little bit.

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  4. You got some great photos. It looks like a fabulous celebration, and reminded me a lot of the indigenous dancers in SMA.
    I think it is a dream.
    Alison

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    • Angeline M says:

      Thanks, Allison. It was a full hour of the opening ceremony with dance and offerings. I managed to squeeze past people and get right in front to take photos. It does remind of SMA.
      I also think this is all a dream.

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  5. Marvelous images…….

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  6. Amy says:

    Beautiful photos for this special week. The last photo is remarkable. As you know, San Antonio celebrates too.
    Have a great trip, Angeline. See you when you are back.

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  7. Tippy Gnu says:

    I saw Coco. I thought it was a fun little movie. I lived in Turkey once, and found they have their own kind of Dia de las Muertos. Every year about this time they live little goodies and gifts on graves. Don’t know what their official name for it is.

    I love your colorful photos. The bottom one is my favorite.

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