Meeting New People


It’s officially Dia de los Muertos season! Maybe the best time to be in Phoenix and meet a Latino writer and artist Kathy Cano-Murillo.

She knows almost all the secrets about this three thousands years old Mexican holiday. “The importance of Dia de los Muertos is to honore loved ones that passed away and to celebrate cycle of your life”, said artist Kathy Cano-Murillo.

The celebration occurs each year on November 2. Tradition includes building private altars, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, favorite foods and beverages. Kathy likes to educate people so they don’t think the holiday is just about decorating, cute images. I really like for them to know the story behind the holiday.

While Kathy talked with the children, I wondered what some of the sightseer would tell me on the day of the dead. Kayla is one of the visitors and she thought that it is just about to being scare. The director of Ariztlan Studios, James L.Covarrubias thought opposite. “It is not scary thing at all, even though they use skulls. It is great joys day, remembering our ancestors, our ancestors all the way to the Indian times”, Covarrubias said.

Aztecs were first who celebrated similar holiday a thousands of years ago. They were celebrating the winter season with hope the spring will bring more joy and happiness. Hope, new chances and creativity are in the focus of Kathy Murillo art crafts. She recently kicks off Dia de los Muertos project inspiration series and recommends trying new things, meeting new people.

“It is all about positivity and culture and love and beauty and just all of those good things that make up a nice well rounded sweet life”, said Kathy Murillo. The celebration of Dia de los Muertos is shortly after the Halloween and sometimes the two holidays are connected together. Kathy says the two actually have little in common.

She is associating Halloween more with play and joy, trick or treat, while spiritual renewal is reserved for Dia de los Muertos. Even though separately, she will celebrate both of them with the glittering style to mark a new phase in her life.

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