Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that has been welcomed in the South Western part of the US. It is a time to celebrate and pray for family members and friends who have died. Colorful alters, flowers, and foods fill cemeteries all over Mexico.
I have a small alter up to celebrate the life of Frida Kahlo. Her life and works have affected everyone in the world. From small things, like naming a dog Freda, to big things, her influences are still felt in the arts world.
The AIDS Quilt with its unusual and personal memorial blocks offers another way of celebrating a life. I did not know Peter Smith, but I knew and loved the man who made this block for Peter. It certainly seems fitting to share Peter with my friends this day.
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/11/01/500242132/sugar-skulls-tamales-and-more-why-is-that-food-on-the-day-of-the-dead-altar>NPR Sugar Skulls