They met on the field as one, the fielders converging on the mound, the others leaping over the railings of the cramped Wrigley Field dugout onto the diamond. Inside the flock of Dodgers, a group headed to the World Series for the first time since 1988, Clayton Kershaw blended into the pack, relishing an 11-1 victory over the Cubs to clinch the National League pennant in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.
On a night when a 28-season drought ended, Kershaw reaped the benefits of an offensive bounty. Enrique Hernandez supplied a trio of home runs, including a grand slam in the third inning that transformed Wrigley Field into a tomb and a two-run blast in the ninth that turned the Dodgers dugout into a mosh pit. The Dodgers led by seven runs after three innings and by nine midway through the fourth. Kershaw responded to the largess with six innings of one-run baseball. He will be ready to start Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.
Traditional Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls are always decorated with multiple colors of icing.
Sugar Skulls (makes 4 medium 3-D skulls)
- Gel food color
- 1/4 cup meringue powder
- 6 cups granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- 7 1/2 teaspoon meringue powder
- 6 teaspoons water
- 1 pound powdered sugar
- Add Royal Icing
1 – Mix the sugar, meringue powder and water together until all the granules of sugar are wet. Pick up a handful of the mixture and squeeze in your hand. If it holds together, its ready. If it falls apart, it will need a tiny bit more water.
2 – Fill your skull mold with the wet sugar, pressing down on the sugar, compacting it as you go. Fill both the front and back skull cavities with the sugar. Scrape off the excess sugar.
3 – Cut a piece of parchment paper and a piece of cardboard just a bit bigger than your mold. Set the parchment paper down on top of the mold. Set the cardboard on top of the paper. Grab onto the mold and cardboard, and carefully flip the whole thing upside down. Set it on the counter, then carefully lift the mold up off the sugar skulls. The mold should pop right off. If the sugar sticks, it’s too wet. Scrape it out of the mold, clean the mold, and add some more dry sugar to the mixture and try molding it again. If your sugar skulls do not hold together, the mixtures needs more water.
4 – Your sugar skulls now need to dry. Midway through the drying cycle you need to carefully flip them over so the back sides can dry out at well. They should be ready to decorate in 12-24 hours.
5 – Make royal icing. Beat together powdered sugar, meringue powder, and water until its shiny and will hold stiff peaks.
6 – Once your skulls are dried, spread a thin layer of royal icing on the flat part of the back side of each skull. Press the front and back sides together. Use your finger to wipe off the icing that oozes out from in between the two pieces. Allow the skulls to dry for at least an hour.
7 – After your skulls are dry, they are ready to decorate. Color small bowls full of royal icing using food coloring. If you wont be using the icing right away, be sure to cover each bowl with plastic wrap.
8 – Pipe royal icing onto the skulls. Any simple or elaborate designs. Get as creative as youd like and use lots of bright colors on each skull for a dramatic appearance.
9 – Allow your sugar skulls to dry for several hours before using them as decorations for your Day of the Dead event!
What is Day Of The Dead? When is the colourful festival?
Day of the Dead celebrations will soon kick off in Mexico, with millions of revellers taking to the streets to honour their lost loved ones. People often construct their own private altars, where they honour the dead with a number of different gifts. Sugar skulls and marigolds are among the offerings given up, as well as the favourite food and drinks of the departed. As the years have gone by, the designs have become even more intricate and extravagant. Last year, the first ever Day of the Dead parade took place in Mexico’s capital and it’s believed that this addition to the celebration was inspired by a scene from the James Bond film, Spectre. The colourful festival is just around the corner and will take place from Tuesday October 31 and will continue throughout November 1 and 2.
What costume ideas are there for Day Of The Dead?
It is customary for women on Day of the Dead to wear long, floral Mexican dresses during the event. Meanwhile Mexican men often wear fine, smart clothing on Dia de los Muertos. Men will often wear black hats, meanwhile women will opt for floral headpieces.
It’s not Halloween but rather the first couple of days in November when the celebration of death is at the cultural forefront in many Spanish-speaking countries — and particularly in Mexico. One of the most common symbols you’ll see around Día de los Muertos is La Catrina, a statement-making skeletal figure (a bit reminiscent of sugar skulls) adorned in a fine dress and hat.
According to urban legend, La Catrina’s roots come from Aztec death goddess Mictecacihuatl. In the legend, the goddess served the same purpose as La Catrina does today: to honor and protect those who have passed and to symbolize the relationship Mexicans have with death.
This year, Cinco de Mayo falls on a Friday, which means instead of meeting up with friends for one margarita after work, you have permission to get wild. Throw a party! String up a piñata! Head to Tijuana! It’s the kind of arbitrary holiday (it’s not even celebrated in Mexico) where anything goes. Patrón Tequila is on board for the ensuing antics — and they’ve hired a live mariachi band to help pull them off.
The band is featured in the designer’s summer collection campaign
Mariachi band Flor de Toloache takes over a New York subway car in the new campaign for Kate Spade’s summer collection. The all-female band is featured together with model Fernanda Ly in the photos and video teaser for Spade’s fashion tribute to Mexico, which includes embroidered peasant blouses, lace-trimmed flouncy dresses, and a handbag that looks like a potted cactus.
Leave it to the good people of Scotland to stage hilarious protests during Donald Trump’s visit in the wake of Brexit.
Paddy Power, a bookmaker (similar to a sportsbook in Costa Rica) based in Ireland, came up with a clever way to welcome the presumptive Republican candidate to succeed President Barack Obama in the United States. Here’s how the Irish sports betting giant described its stunt:
We gave Donald Trump a good guac-ing when he visited Scotland today. The businessman and US presidential candidate – yeah, we still think the second bit must be a hoax, too – was in Turnberry, Ayrshire to open a new golf course.
Given his controversial election promises, including building a wall along the Mexican border, we wanted to give him a special, Paddy Power welcome. So, obviously, we snuck a Mexican Mariachi band, Juan Direction, into Glasgow Prestwick airport to greet the billionaire as he landed on the runway.
Juan Direction actually followed Mr. Trump to his golf course, but the U.S. Secret Service detail assigned to him stopped the mariachis from continuing to serenade the candidate.
Widely used decorations and dancing skeletons. Photo credit: File Photo/The Sundial
Traditional Dia de los Muertos attire. Photo credit: File Photo/The Sundial
Paintings hung for Dia de los Muertos celebration. Photo credit: File Photo/The Sundial
Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican celebration that some people tend confuse with Halloween. Although the days fall close together, Halloween and Dia de los Muertos are culturally different. The vibrant sugar skulls, decorative alters and pan dulce are part of what brings to life Mexico’s celebration and remembrance of loved ones who have died. The Mexican custom honors the lives of the deceased by sharing their favorite foods, drinks and the memories they enjoyed in life.
1. Halloween and Dia de los Muertos have different origins. Unlike Dia de los Muertos, Halloween originated in Europe. About 2,000 years ago, the Celts wore costumes to rid off spirits at the festival of Samhain, a festival celebrating the end of their year, a time when there was no clear boundary between the world of the living and that of the dead. Dia de los Muertos is a hybrid of the two-month long Aztec Festival of the Dead and the Catholic holidays of All Saints Day and All Souls Day.
2. Although Dia de los Muertos derives from the Aztec culture and Catholicism brought to Mexico by the Spanish conquistadores, other areas in Latin America and the United States partake in the custom.
3. Day of the Dead is celebrated on two days. Nov. 1 is the day to remember the children who died, and Nov. 2 welcomes the visit of the adults.
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Hollywood Forever Presents: Dia De Los Muertos
The theme for this years event is
Shamanic Visions of the Huichol
Saturday, October 24th, 2015: 12pm until 12am
The Ceremonial Altar Set-Up: Friday, October 23rd, 2015 – 3pm onward
Featuring on the Main Stage: LILA DOWNS, HUICHOL MUSICAL, LA MISA NEGRA, EL MARIACHI MANCHESTER and EDNA VAZQUEZ
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More event details:
General Admission: $20 per person – (please bring exact change)
Children 8 years and under free until 4pm
Seniors 65 and over free until 4pm
- Dia de Los Muertos attire strongly encouraged – Come dressed in your finest Calaca apparel
- Spend an eventful day relaxing and watching the evening stars appear as the cemetery comes to life with joyful celebrations
- Enjoy fine Mexican cuisine and a wide spectrum of Day of the Dead arts and crafts available for purchase
- Plan ahead where to park and please carpool
- Pre-Purchase your tickets to avoid lines day of the event
- A vibrant traditional procession in the home of Hollywood’s Immortals with traditional Aztec blessings and Regional Musical-Dance group dedications
- Musical performances by Grammy Award winning recording artists
- 100+ Altars created by members of the community to their ancestors and loved ones
- Hundreds of Aztec Ritual Dancers in full costume
- Three stages featuring music and theatrical performances
- An Art Exhibition in the Cathedral Mausoleum curated by Luis Villanueva
- A costume contest for the best dressed Calaca (skeleton)
- A children’s arts project area presented by Artist & Craftsman Supply
- Arts and Crafts vendors
- Food vendors from around Los Angeles
- Presentation of Altar winners – The judges will select the best altar of each of the following categories: Theme of Huichol, Traditional Altar, Contemporary Altar – the best of each category wins $3,000
ALTAR EXHIBITS 12pm – 12am
Winners announced at 7:30pm at Main Stage
AZTEC DANCES & RITUALS 12pm – 12am
Throughout the cemetery grounds
CHILDREN’S ART CENTER 12pm – 6pm
Make a Gods Eye • Arts & Crafts • Face Painting
Huichol Shaman “Blessing” 1:00pm
PROCESSION from entrance to main stage 1:00pm – 1:30pm – Led by Huichol Shaman
COSTUME CONTEST 12pm – 7pm
Photo booth – at chapel island inside main entrance
Winner announced at 7:30pm at Main Stage
CATHEDRAL ART EXHIBIT 12pm – 12am
OFFICIAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Cilau Valadez
- Daniel Cervantes
- Francisco Loza
- Jesus Molina
- Luis Alberto Saavedra
- Luis Villanueva
- Manuel Benitez
- Manuel Sauceda
- Mar Abella
- Maria del Refugio Coronado
- Mario Odasa
- Mauricio Canas
- Rogelio Hernandez
- Salvador Rodriguez
- Serafin Venegas
LA CATRINA STAGE 3:00pm – 9:30pm
MUSIC, THEATER & DANCE
- Nayare – Folkloric Dance Group
- Hermanos Rios – Musical Group
- Libre Movimiento – Butho Dance
- Jesús Angulo – Singer
- Dance Art “WIXARITARI” special choreography debut
- Malena Durán – Singer
- Conjunto Hermanos Rios – Musical Group
EL FANDANGO EN SU ESPLENDOR STAGE 3:30pm – 12am
TRADITIONAL MUSIC FROM SOUTH EAST COAST OF MEXICO
- Ballet Xhanat de Fiacro Castro
- Ballet Internacional de Lucia Parra
- Conjunto Tenocelomeh (Son Jarocho)
- Conjunto Regional Alma Suriana (Nayarit)
- Conjunto Jardin (Son Jarocho)
- Along for the Ride (Bossanova)
- Estampa Nayarit (Regional Alma Suriana)
- Estampa Jarocha (Tenocelomeh)
- Conjunto Zacamdu (Son Jarocho)
- Emanuel Benitez “Manu” (Canta-Autor Nayarit)
- Viento Callejero (Cumbia Urbana)
- Son Cache (son Cubano, Salsa)
MUERTE Y TRADICIÓN STAGE 1:30pm – 10:30pm
MAIN STAGE – MUSIC & DANCE PERFORMANCES
- LILA DOWNS
- HUICHOL MUSICAL
- LA MISA NEGRA
- EL MARIACHI MANCHESTER ( The Smiths / Morrissey Mariachi Tribute)
- EDNA VAZQUEZ
In the past few years, Día de los Muertos – or Day of the Dead in English – costumes have been popping up at Halloween stores and parties. It’s understandable. People are drawn to the gorgeous imagery, where macabre meets magnificent.
The two-day holiday’s proximity to Halloween has led many to mislabel it as “Mexican Halloween,” a title that’s not only inaccurate, but culturally insensitive.
Amber Lena’s post, “Day of the Dead, Sugar Skulls, and the Question of Cultural Appropriation,” contrasts “spooky” Halloween with “bright, cheerful” Día de los Muertos and calls out Día de los Muertos imagery that is used for Halloween costumes as appropriation.
“All those ‘Pocahontas’ and Native American costumes you see each year? That’s cultural appropriation. But so are the ‘Mexican’ and ‘Sugar Skull’ costumes (and every other costume that seeks to mimic cultural or ethnic clothing),” Lena writes. “Painting your face like a sugar skull for Halloween? Definitely cultural appropriation.”
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