Monday, October 17, 2011

Monday Morning Mosaic

With Halloween just around the corner, I wanted to feature a lesser known but related holiday today on the Monday Morning Mosaic.

The day after Halloween is also a holiday in certain parts of the world and is celebrated by people the world over. All Saints Day (also known in the Roman Catholic Church officially as the Solemnity of All Saints and also called All Hallows or Hallowmas) and is celebrated in honor of all the saints, known and unknown.

Beary Creative - Day Of The Dead Art, Giclee Prints and Whimsical Art
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Jeri Hall from Center, Texas

Inspired by Tim Burton, Edward Gorey and Mexican culture, Jeri Hall's paintings bring the true spirit of the Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos to life with colorful flair. Each painting is a unique, one of a kind piece that makes this shop a joy to browse through.

All Saints Day commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven and is a national holiday in many historically Catholic countries. Also, in the Roman Catholic Church the next day (November 2) is All Souls' Day which specifically commemorates the departed faithful who have not yet been purified and reached heaven.

Mutsy Boos - Dia de Los Muertos Adornos
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Mars O'Reilly from Cork, Ireland

From "The Red Flamenco Dancer" to "Diane of Thistles", this shop displays a series of beautifully painted paper mache art dolls called "Dia de Los Muertos Adornos". The series is a tribute to Mexican cultural diversity and ever evolving folk art which is unafraid to change with time, embracing modern iconography yet always managing to retain the essence of it's origins.

In Mexico, this day is called the Day of the Dead. Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it attains the quality of a National Holiday.

Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed as well as visiting graves with these as gifts.

Art By Lupe Flores - Folk, Creepy, Goth and Day of the Dead Art
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Lupe Flores from Los Angeles, California

Custom orders and commissions are welcome i this shop that is filled with unique artwork depicting not just Day of the Dead artwork but other folk art, creepy art and goth artwork as well. Rag dolls, art dolls and paper mache sugar skulls sit beside beautiful masks, original paintings, fine art prints and more in this wonderful shop.

All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day are celebrated in the fundamental belief that there is a prayerful spiritual communion between the living and those in the state of grace who have died and are either being purified in purgatory or are in heaven.

Donna Elizabeth Design - Cat Jewelry and Day of the Dead Jewelry
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Donna McConahay from Elmer, Louisiana

Beautiful jewelry in colorful colors and unique designs, this shop is filled with sugar skull inspired pieces with red roses and lots of turquoise. If you're looking for a piece of jewelry in order to respect the upcoming holiday, if you love cats or if you are simply a lover of Gothic designs, you'll want to stop by this jewelry shop for a browse through some pieces with a unique flair.

The handmade marketplace and the talented artisans you'll find there are a terrific alternative to commercial products and with the added bonus of personalized care and an attention to detail and quality that commercial products lack.

When shopping for spiritual items, holiday decor and other special pieces for your home or your life, don't forget to browse through artisan works and see what you can find, you'll be surprised at just how much creativity, originality and quality is out there!

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