Tuesday, October 28, 2014

El Dia De Los Muertos

Yesterday, I decided to do a little self portrait. I made it in a Day of the Dead spirit as the holiday is approaching us.

Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico where the day is a bank holiday. The celebration takes place on October 31, November 1 and November 2, in connection with the triduum of Allhallowtide: All Hallows' Eve, Hallowmas, and All Souls' Day (From Wikipedia). In Croatia a tradition is to go to cemetery and visit our dead relatives, light candles and leave flowers.

I was born and raised in the ex-Yugoslavia. When we were in the 1st grade we all went through a ceremony to become pioneers and we pledged the allegiance to the Unions of Pioneers of Yugoslavia. I was in the first generation that had blue hats. We also wore the red scarf.

The allegiance went like this:

Danas, kada postajem pionir,

dajem časnu pionirsku riječ/reč -

da ću marljivo učiti i raditi,

poštovati roditelje i starije,

i biti vjeran/veran i iskren drug,

koji drži datu riječ/reč.

Da ću voljeti/voleti našu domovinu, samoupravnu

socijalističku federativnu republiku Jugoslaviju,

da ću razvijati bratstvo i jedinstvo

i ideje za koje se borio drug Tito.

Da ću cijeniti/ceniti sve ljude svijeta/sveta koji žele slobodu i mir!

In English:

Today, as I become a Pioneer,

I give my Pioneer's word of honour -

That I shall study and work diligently,

respect parents and my seniors,

and be a loyal and honest comrade/friend.

That I shall love our homeland, self-managed

socialist federal republic of Yugoslavia.

That I shall spread brotherhood and unity

and the principles for which comrade Tito fought.

And that I shall value all peoples of the world who respect freedom and peace!

Including the pioneer hat and scarf in my painting is fitting to the Day of the Dead theme - as they are the symbols of something that is now dead. I wrote in Glagoljica writing, letters dating from the 9th century http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glagolitic_alphabet. The alphabet is not used in today's world, it is dead and also fitting to the theme. The flowers are poppies to celebrate loved ones lost.

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