I think I had more fun last night than both Halloween nights combined.  The Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival was pure magic, as usual.  I am always a sucker for pretty lights and eye candy, but the thing I love the most about this event is the love that goes into it.  Hundreds of people from the Birmingham community spend hours building elaborate altars in honor of loved ones past making up this giant piece of art that you could spend days walking through.  You would imagine that something like this would be sad, and I’m sure it can be, but the overall tone is one of happiness and celebration.  Vero, my date, made an amazing mask that was the center of attention all evening.  She was so much fun… the perfect person to go with.   We even randomly left at some point to eat Indian food a few blocks away before coming back to dance to some crazy Mexican music.  Wonderful night.

Vero's hand-made mask

Day of the Dead

Altars at Day of the Dead

Vero and I at Day of the Dead