I spent my childhood moving from country to country and currently live in a neighborhood where I regularly overhear conversations in half a dozen languages, so I always enjoy reading about people’s experiences learning about new cultures.
As part of the Myths, Moons, and Mayhem blog tour, author Elizabeth Caldwell stopped by the Alpha Book Club to talk about encountering Mexico’s Day of the Dead for the first time in her home country across the Atlantic.
Growing up as a child in the UK, I had no knowledge of the Day of the Dead, the Mexican festival for honouring deceased family and friends that runs from October 31 to November 2 each year. The big British celebration wasn’t even Halloween in those days – we preferred to throw our parties on November 5, when we paid tribute to Guy Fawkes’ failure to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Letting off fireworks and eating baked potatoes, Yorkshire parkin and brandy snaps as a way of celebrating the preservation of seventeenth-century democracy may sound bizarre, but it worked for us.
You can read her full post at Myths, Moons, and Mayhem (Editor, Dale Cameron Lowry) – Guest Post – Alpha Book Club. It also includes an excerpt from her Myths, Moons, and Mayhem short story “Careful What You Wish For.”