Monday, June 13, 2016

Postcards about DAY OF THE DEAD

1963.  Sunny California
Hello from Sunny California!  I work for the post office here and Postcrossing is like job security :)
Best wishes, Elizabeth

1915.  Gold Canuon, Arizona (near Phoenix)

Dia de los Muertos Paper Dolls
Hello!  Greetings from Arizona!  My name is Tilly and I live in Gild Canyon, near Phoenix.
Random Facts:  1) I'm originally from Wisconsin; 2) I love the smells of wet dirt, musty basements and skunks; 3) South Africa is my dream trip; 4) I've never had a pet, not even a fish; 5) I don't like coffee, tea or cold pizza; 6)I love chicken livers; 7) Monument Valley is my favorite place in AZ; 8) I'm going to China for two weeks in June.
Wishing you all the best.  Hope you're enjoying you new life in PA.  Tilly

1272.  "I Was Kissed by a Teen-Aged Monster Last Night -"
Hello Chris!  I love Halloween!  We don't have it in Russia, but Halloween is really awesome!  We have "Swyatik," it's not a holiday, although there is a resemblance.  I think correct name - Yule (but there are differences)  During this period we conjure, tell fortunes and call spirits.  Sounds strange, I know, but it's funny.  Have you read The onster and the Marganita?  I adore Behecter the cat!  Love, Marcia
I don't find postcard with Day of the Dead, but I have skull stickers....

945.  Lompoc, California
Hello from Lompoc, California!  I live in a small city by the coast.  My friend Autumn just started teaching this year - 6th grade!  She loves it so far.  My hat is off to teachers.  Education is so important or we become idiocracy.  Sometimes I fear we're already too far gone.  We'll see.  Shelby

919.  Kobe, Japan
"Designed by Amina/Nepalese Handmade Paper"
Greetings from Japan.  I'm Midori.  I live in Kobe.  Kobe is a beutiful port city and well-known for Kobe beef.  I love to travel and read mystery novels.  I'm currently into Scandinavian mysteries.  Hope you enjoy the coming autumn.  Best wishes, Midori

Hello!  Greetings from Ukraine
I love to read books, too.  Now I'm reading Awakening by Sharon Bloton.  I love thrillers.  Best wishes, Svetlana

807.  Chisholm, Minnesota USA
Day of the Dead
"A male skeleton dressed in a charro outfit wielding a machete, accompanied by a drunken skeleton."  Illustrations by J. Posada, 1910
Hi Chris,  Our gardening season is in full swing!  It is good to have fresh food from the gardenand look forward to enjoying the surplus - canned or frozen - in the winter!  Enjoy your summer away from triple digits and fires.

DZIADY (Forefathers)  Budzma Belarusami! campaign knows that Day of the Dead is marked in some form or other all around the world.  However, Belarusians follow a very archaic ritual.  Prone to mysticism, the poet Adam Mickievic was so inspired by this ancient Slavic feast that he wrote a poetic drama under the same  name.  On Dziady day, people serve a commemorative meal, to which they invite the souls of male ancestors, or forefathers (or dziady) by opening the windows wide.  Whatever food is available in the cellar (or nowadays, the fridge), everything is cooked for the feast.  The living family members of the table are allowed to eat only three dishes and drink three shots of alcohol.  Afterwards, everyone recalls the most interesting family stories.  In the morning after Dziady, the left-overs of the evening meal are believed to be eaten by "grandmothers" - the souls of female ancestors.  Probably for the sake of gender balance?
Hi from Belarus!
I found a postcard with the description and symbols of the Day of the Dead in my country.  I hope you will enjoy.  Best wishes, Alex

524.  Greetings from Wisconsin
Dear Chris, Sending out love and good wishes for whatever you want from this life.  Greetings from Wisconsin, Uncle Fitch.

451.  Frida Kahlo Girl with Death - Pocatello, ID
July 13, 2016
Hello Chris!
If you were here in Idaho this morning, we could drink coffee (or Diet Coke!) and talk about Postcrossing.  Later, we could climb the hill behind my house and look out over the Portneuf Valley.  All the wildflowers are in bloom, and it's beautiful.  I am also a retired teacher (almost 9 years now), and I still miss the prep!  Who would have guessed?
Happy travels  -- Cheryl

373.  La Muerta Lisa
24 May '16
Greetings from Birmingham, Alabama.  My name is Cara.  I love gaming and geochaching....I hate bacon, I organize M & M's by color before eating them... I'd rather take a bubble bath and read a good book than go to a bar... and I believe in remembering where you come from.  Happy 'crossing!  ~ Cara

349.  North Carolina
20 May 2016
Hello Chris!
My name is Amy.  Greetings from North Carolina.  I hope this postcard finds you well and makes you smile.  Have a great day!  Amy.

293.  Sugar Skull
La Serena, Chile
April 15th 2016
"Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable. - Peter Drucker

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