You probably know what Halloween, Ognissanti, Dia de Muertos, whatever you call it is and I take it you too are celebrating it right now wherever you are according to your own local tradition.
For instance this skull above is typical of the Mexican iconography related to the local celebration of the deaths that provides for candles and food, and particularly sweets (and here comes the skull: they are used to making decorated sugar skull on that occasion), candles, buckets of flowers (wild marigolds called cempasuchil & bright red cock’s combs) mounds of fruit, peanuts, plates of turkey mole, stacks of tortillas and big Day-of-the-Dead breads called pan de muerto to be offered on small altars expressly made in each home (ofrendas). The altar needs to have lots of food, bottles of soda, hot cocoa and water for the weary spirits. Toys and candies are left for the angelitos, and on Nov. 2, cigarettes and shots of mezcal are offered to the adult spirits. Little folk art skeletons and sugar skulls, purchased at open-air markets, provide the final touches. (See more at: http://www.mexicansugarskull.com).
And all these things probably you already knew. What you may not know is the great, great account in which Italians take Mexican ethnical traditions and how incredibly glamorous they can get. That is to say that you probably have not met my beloved friend Valentina Mezzaroma yet at a Halloween Party. We’re very serious people when it comes to playing around.
Trick or treat? 😜