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Shopping for Day of the Dead

Wednesday 10 December 2008 - Filed under Stores

South Congress street

It’s tough to check out Austin too much when I’m in a conference until 5 and everything seems to close by 6, but I went out to South Congress street last night, headed for a couple particular shops, and found all kinds of good stuff. One of my favorite shops was all decorations for Day of the Dead, which is my favorite holiday I don’t celebrate. The shop owner was, like everyone I’ve met in Austin, unbelievably friendly. I guess there’s a huge Day of the Dead parade here, he showed me pictures of the last one, with people dressed up like skeletons or Frida Kahlo.

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I love these sugar skulls, but they’re too delicate to bring home. They’re completely edible. If I got the story right, the tradition is to throw these up in the air and then they shatter in the street and children eat the pieces?

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He also told me that his friends from Mexico make fun of him for including his pets in his Day of the Dead alters, but he still does it. I’m a fan of the stuff with dogs, like this 4 foot sculpture of a person walking their little pup.

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2008-12-10  »  megan