Day of the Dead ~ Dios de Muertos

Day of the Dead or in Spanish Dios de Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to remember, honor and pray for friends and family members who have died. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased. November 1st is dedicated to deceased children and November 2nd is dedicated to deceased adults.

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Some of the elements that stand out in a traditional offering of the dead:

Lamp or Star Light – to guide the deceased

Different Colors of Cut Out Paper – Represents the union between life and death

Banquet – of the deceased favorite food and drink to celebrate

Burning Copal Incense – represents the passage from life to death and keeping the spirits away

Salt – purifies so the soul won’t be corrupted

A Cross on the Floor – represents the four cardinal points

A Path of Flowers to the Door of the Alter – guides the soul to the offerings

Toys – for the fun of the deceased children

Candles – Ascension of the spirit, the symbol of love guiding the soul to the alter

Personal Belongs of the Deceased – Photos or something the deceased used

Typical Regional Food Offerings – Rice, mole, seasonal fruits

Glass of Water – to mitigate the thirst of the soul and strengthen them for return

Pan de Muertos Bread – Represents the generosity of the host, and the gift of the earth itself

Flowers – White represents the sky, fellow the earth, purple the mourning, and marigolds guides the spirits in this world

Skulls – Made of sugar or chocolate and represents the friends and family who have died

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There are alters to visit around the Los Cabos community, at the resorts, or even down on Medano Beach.  The above alters were photographed with permission at Hacienda El Coyote Restaurant.

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México’s Independence Day – September 16

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For about 300 years, Mexico was a Spanish colony which was known as The New Spain.  In the early nineteenth century, Mexico, with a little influence from the US and France, began talking about a revolt against Spain. Father Miguel Hidalgo from Dolores, Mexico, was a leader of one of the rallying groups. Hidalgo and his officers were planning a revolt for late fall of 1810. The Spanish people found out about the revolt which led the Spanish Government to order the arrest of Hidalgo and his officers. When Hidalgo found out, he called a meeting at his church. He rang the church bell on the night of September 15, 1810 to call his congregation to mass. Here Father Hidalgo rallied the people to fight. His famous speech which is now known as ‘El Grito de Delores’, saying “Viva Mexico” and “Viva la Independencia!”

Everyone fought together, including the Criollos (wealthy Mexicans of Spanish descent), Mesizos (children born from the marriage of a Spaniard and an Indian), and Indians. Armed with clubs, knives, stone slings, and ancient guns, they fought as they marched to Mexico City. A battle took place in Guanajuato between the Spanish soldiers and Hidalgo’s followers. The army sacked the town, killing the Spaniards. They continued to fight on their way to the capital. When they finally reached Mexico City, the army hesitated before going in to fight and some of them even disserted the army. Before the year was over Father Hidalgo was captured and executed. Some people continued to fight for the cause and Father Hidalgo’s Grito de Delores (Cry of Delores) became the battle cry of the Mexican War of Independence. The people fought for eleven years before they finally won their freedom.

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Today Mexican Independence Day is a major celebration in Mexico and is bigger than Cinco de Mayo.  The celebrating begins on the evening of September 15 where crowds of people gather in the zocalos (town meeting place) of cities, towns, and villages. In Mexico City a huge square is decorated with flags, flowers and lights of red, white, and green. People sell confetti, whistles, horns, paper-machete helmets, and toys in the colors of red, white and green. There is also plenty of feasting, parades, and other civic festivities. When the clock strikes eleven o’clock the crowd gets silent. On the last strike of eleven the president of Mexico steps out on the palace balcony, and rings the historic liberty bell that Father Hidalgo rang to call the people. Then the president gives the ‘El Grito de Delores’. He shouts “Viva Mexico” “Viva la independencia” and the crowd echoes back. People do this at the same time all across Mexico. While the crowd says this they fill the air with confetti, streamers and hoopla. Castillos explode in showers of red, white, and green.

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Happy Birthday, México! 

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a “bear” sighting in Cabo San Lucas … Jack pays a visit

Over the Labor Day weekend, Jack Nicklaus was in Cabo touring the progress on his new signature Golf Course located on the Quivira property. He was also shown the land where the new Copala development is currently being constructed. Mr. Nicklaus seemed pleased with the progress and met with the crew, sales team, and other guests on the property.

Jack Nicklaus – winner of 18 major championships – is regarded as the most accomplished golfer of all time. Though retired from the game, his impact on the sport continues. In 2009, Golf Inc. magazine ranked Nicklaus “The Most Powerful Person in Golf” for an unprecedented sixth consecutive year for the impact he had on the industry through his work designing courses, his marketing and licensing business, and his philanthropy.

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Quivira Golf Club … construction is in full swing! Check out these photos…

As the summer heats up with hurricane season underway in Los Cabos, the Quivira Golf Course is also in full swing.

The $40 million Quivira Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, promises to be one of the most demanding courses in North America

Quivira, an exclusive residential development in Los Cabos, has welcomed back the greatest player in the history of golf, Mr. Jack Nicklaus, to continue designing one of the most spectacular courses in North America.

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The Quivira Golf Club, a $40 million investment, will become one more of the exclusive amenities that makes Los Cabos a remarkable place to visit and live. Guests, residents and business leaders flock to the destination to enjoy a luxurious lifestyle surrounded by stunning beauty.

Ernesto Coppel, Quivira’s developer and the founder of Pueblo Bonito Resorts hosted a celebration which Nicklaus attended. The golf legend shared his final designs for the 18-hole course, which will have seven oceanfront holes, unique from any of the other local courses.

“This property affords us a rare opportunity because of its topographic diversity and natural environment,” Nicklaus said. “We’re taking advantage of this natural setting to create a very special golf experience. Our team will work with the canvas Mother Nature has provided to create one of the most spectacular courses in the world.”

The design represents a watershed moment in the history of Los Cabos. When completed at the start of 2014, the course will be the golf icon’s master work along the Pacific.

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