Each year I head down the hill and for sixteen years, I've never seen the same altar from previous years. Every year is something different and unique.
The creativity and artistic endeavors of this country never cease to amaze me. One feels the spirit, the
pride, the dedication and caring of each grain of sand, sawdust, seed or actual grains used in many of
the depictions. The teenagers participate as well as people of all ages. It warms your heart, to put it mildly.
Yesterday my purpose was to photograph the parade of kindergartners who were to be dressed up
as catrinas and catrines. Supposedly they would arrive in the jardin around 11AM. No kids were
to be seen anywhere, at least not in a parade. Many of us waited patiently - me til noon and then gave
What did happen in the period from 10AM until noon was a bevy of activity. It had rained the previous
night so everyone was behind schedule to get started on their altars. Carrying flowers, seeds and all
the necessary items to create the altars, it was like a bevy of ants building a mound!
Here are a few of the photos taken yesterday that show the activity, the method of construction, the materials used and the touching tributes to those who have passed.
a credit card to make sure the edges were perfect. I watched her for at least ten minutes. She
never looked up but continued to bring this beautiful piece to perfection.
I would have liked to see the finished product. However, it rained again last night and it is doubtful there
are altars left in the jardin today, sadly.
the sign of the cross and then set it down. In amongst the photos, I saw a photo of Shanghai who was one
of the characters who used to sit on the bench with a hat on that said "Apartments for rent". Yes, he had
several in town. He was one of those "one of a kind" people that you delight in knowing.
passed on like Shanghai, whose real last name was Smith; "Old Joe", Bryan who owned a bunch of hotels at one point and on and on and on. Ahh, the stories and people are what make this town so rich...and so interesting. Each and everyone in the past and currently is a treasure.