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Day of the dead Cookies

One of the things that I miss the most of my Country is its traditions and colorful scenery.

This week we celebrate the feast of "All Saints" and  "The Day of the Dead".

Most of our traditions are accompanied with a religious ceremony, a party, carnival, Kermesse or Posada and good food, off course!!

One of my favorite is the carnival of Todos Santos, ( All Saints Day).  It is so colorful and delicious, you can find all what you can imagine made out of sugar, from tiny plates of tamales and atole, enchiladas, mole to a grandmother knitting sitting on her chair with her cat to the side, also made out of sugar. It is incredible, the sugar skulls are very pretty too and you can find them in all the sizes you can imagine. They are called "Alfeñiques".
The day of the dead is another celebration, that I think I have told you about it before, some people really love this celebration and find it fun,  although It is sad to me. Growing up it was hard for me to understand this festivity, because for me was very sad to go to visit my dad's grave on that day surrounded with happy music, food, flowers, etc.  I always thought,  " how can you be so happy and going to the Cemetery ( a sad place) and still celebrate".  

I think that I understand this celebration after I got married  and study more about the meaning of this tradition. 

  I made some cempasuchitl flowers (traditional flower of this festivity) a day of the dead bread, some crosses, sugar skulls, churches and little graves and crypts decorated with colorful flowers. 

I made this tiny cookies inspired in the folklore of this festivity and in remembrance of my Father and grandparents.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
 And let the perpetual light shine upon them.
And may the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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  1. So colourful and festive! I love them. Enjoy your celebrations this week.


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