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What's the Difference between Day of the Dead and Halloween?

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  Do you know anyone who says, "Day of the Dead is like Halloween in Mexico, right?" 
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What's a Catrina?

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Day of the Dead Catrina

This is a catrina. It's a figure of a woman skeleton usually dressed in a nice dress with a large plumed hat. A male skeleton is called a "catrin." And why are they so prevalent during the Days of the Dead?   read more

What is Day of the Dead in Mexico?

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Many people are not familiar with one of the most important holidays in Mexico, Day of the Dead also known as "Muertos" or Dia de los Muertos. Books have been written about the history, meaning, practices and beliefs of this beautiful holiday, but in a super small nutshell, Day of the Dead is

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About Zinnia Folk Arts Mexican Folk Art Shop In Minneapolis

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About Zinnia Folk Arts, A Mexican Folk Art Store

About Zinnia Folk Arts Mexican Folk Art Shop

Finally, a solution to your search for beautiful, top quality, well made, unique, hand crafted Mexican handicrafts!  If you've been to Mexico and found some beautiful talavera ceramics but couldn't get them home because they were too big or too heavy, Zinnia Folk Arts is for you. If you love

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Visiting Michoacán

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Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico

On my most recent buying trip to Mexico I visited Michoacán, a very large state west of Mexico City, home to the beautiful monarch butterfly winter destination, home to the colonial city of Morelia and home to many, many wonderful Mexican folk artisans. This is what the U.S. State Department

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What do Milagros Signify?

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This article was written by Marianne Carlson of the Feria Maestros del Arte held every year in mid-November in Ajijic, Mexico. This is one of the premier folk art fairs of Mexico and is definitely worth the trip! 

"Milagros are small metal religious charms. The word milagro means “miracle”. In the not too distant past, these small charms, often depicting arms, legs, praying people, farm animals and a wide range of other subjects were typically nailed or pinned to crosses or wooden statues of various saints like the Virgin Mary or Christ, sacred objects, pinned on the clothing of saint statues, or hung with little red ribbons or threads from altars and shrines. They are also carried for protection and good luck.

Ranging in size from less than 1/2 inch to several inches, they are as unique as the cultures that produce them.

In Mexico, the use of milagros is connected with an institution known as the manda. This where a person will ask a favor a saint, and then, in order to repay the saint...

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Ocumicho Fantasy Ceramics

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There is a very small, remote, dirt-streets town located in the western edge of Michoacan, named Ocumicho. In this little town are the most amazing folk artisans. Their style is recognizable anywhere. Their view of the world is filled with impish devils, fish-eyed persons, comical animals and weirdly shaped whistles and clay figures of all types.  The range of objects goes from individual bird shaped whistles   read more

6 Ideas for Hostess Gifts Handmade in Mexico

I don't know about you, but I get tired of taking the same old hostess gift of wine. Do you? Here's a little roundup of several popular ideas based on my very scientific research in the Minneapolis folk art store.

1. Milagro Hearts: They come in various sizes and prices starting at $30. Everyone appreciates a beautifully handcrafted good luck charm full of "milagros."

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Mexican Day of the Dead Themed Weddings

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More and more people are really starting to "get" Day of the Dead. It's not a scary time in the Mexican world view, but a time for remembering and honoring people who are important. It is a time to do things to continue the connection that was started in life. If you are even remotely thinking about having a Día de los Muertos themed wedding, now is the time to get your supplies. Day of the Dead is coming up on November 1 and 2, so the folk art is starting to become available at Zinnia Folk Arts. 

Today I want to mention a trend that is becoming more popular: Day of the Dead Themed Weddings.  This lovely photo of the wedding cake with the calacas (skeletons) in the foreground is just one way to use Mexico's Day of the Dead folk arts in your wedding...This wedding photo is from right here.  If you're interested in these exact calacas, they can be found on our website in two sizes, so check these out!


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Mercados or The Mexican Market

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"Full of vigor, color and atmosphere, the Mexican market is a very ancient institution dating back to before the Spanish Conquest in 1521. The Spaniards recorded many vivid descriptions including that of Friar Diego Durán. Determined to propagate the Christian faith, he deplored with wry humor the fascination of the market place. 'I think that if I were to say to one of the Indian women who love to wander around the markets, Listen, today is market day in such and such a place. Which will you choose, to go straight to heaven or to go to the market? I suspect she would say, Let me first see the market, and after that I will go to heaven.'"  Chloë Sayer, Crafts of Mexico.

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