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Offline rgibson

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« Reply #15 on: November 09, 2006, 05:26:36 PM »
Quote from: "Burn Ban"
does anyone know the significance of the homemade mason-jar-candles that are at most of the grave sites?

The "Day of the Dead" is a celebration of a loved one who has departed.  Celebrated in Mexico and the Big Bend.  It is a happy time rather than a sad time.

The November 2nd celebration has been reestablished in Terlingua since 1993.  During the day the grave yard is cleaned up and the candles are made ready.  In the early evening people start showing up with covered dishes, etc.

Bill Ivey, owner of the Ghostown, furnishes some more food and firewood.
Quite a mellow evening and the hundreds of candles make a beautiful site.  About a hundred or so folks usually show up.

When it was reestablished in 1993 there were only 4 folks, to begin, at the DofD.  My wife, Ruth, and Carolyn Gore, Bill Valentine and Bill Ivey.

All was going well with some locally made tamales and probably a few Shiners.  A  public tv crew showed up and was taking shots and describing the beauty and candles of the grave yard.

The crew yelled out at the four and quite upset, "could y'all be quiet, we are trying to shoot a video."

Bill, being a nice guy, tried not to be too upset and explained what was happening and oh btw  he owned the Ghostown.  

The mood changed, they finished their shoot and then joined in for tamales and cerveza.  A good time was had by all.


Offline Michael

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« Reply #16 on: February 01, 2007, 08:58:54 AM »
After my "tour" of Big Bend I made my way over to Presidio for an excursion into Old Mexico, Ojinaja via of Study Butte, Terlingua & Big Bend Ranch State Park. I have to say that Terlingua was a highlight along the way. I never thought a cemetary could be so beautiful & exciting (hope that doesn't sound too weird). The old crumbling buildings & all presented many photo opportunities. I dream of the day of returning to visit  Terlingua again.



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