Today is Dia De Los Muertos, the Nov. 2 Mexican holiday that means Day Of The Dead. Last week, I wrote about one of my favorite local painters Juan Gonzalez, who was commissioned by The Haggin Museum in Stockton to build their annual Dia De Los Muertos altar.
Dia De Los Muertos is not a scary or evil holiday. It is a celebration of ancestry, family and loved ones who have died.
“It’s supposed to give you life,” said Juan, who builds an altar every year during the holiday month. “You’re not celebrating death, you’re celebrating life.”
Juan dedicated this altar to his mother and grandparents. The altar is decorated with symbolism and things that remind him of his mother: Ponchos his mom knitted for his two daughters, records she sang along to, stone kitchenware, her Bible, pink ribbons because she died of breast cancer.