Living in Tejas is most convenient for learning about Mexican culture and tradtions. The most intriguing, to me, is Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.
In my Polish-American family (with southern Baptist sprinklings around the edges), the dead were all but forgotten--almost taboo. Perhaps that's why I find the idea of Dia De Los Muertos so intoxicating. It seems like a good idea to take a day to remember and celebrate our ancestors..to believe, for just one day, that the souls of the departed return to eat, drink, and be merry again.
So in the spirit of Dia De Los Muertos, my virtual altar to remember my dad, Chester, would include:
-A blend of Old Spice and motor oil incense to help him find his way back home
-1 shot of Wild Turkey (for medicinal purposes, of course) to kill the 'bugs'
-1 left-handed bowling ball
-a meal of a fried pepper & onion sandwich, perogis, and lady locks
-a dollar bill for a quick game of liar's poker
resto en la paz, papá.....peace out, y'all. TikiKris