November First is the Day of the Dead. There were many festivals going on in the Greater Boston Area. A friend invited me to go to the one in Arlington. It was so much fun. We almost didn't go because it was raining and cold and who wants to be outside in those conditions? We decided to suck it up and go out anyways just to see what it was about.
Some local shops opened up their doors and provided different free stuff. Like one store had free face painting, another chocolate sampling, you can make your own flower, cupcake tasting... It was great. A local Mexican restaurant also provided free food to the shops to serve to people stopping by. And some places had free wine and sangria - so. freaking. good. It was a really great experience.
Since the weather was being icky, the festival couldn't be held outside, so the mariachi band went to each shop and played a little selection of music at each. They were so good. They played the Macarena and La Cucaracha which are classic standard songs that should always be sung.
They even had a memory altar for you to visit. What you do is write down on a piece of paper someone close to you that has passed away with a message for them and then you leave it at the altar. I wrote a note to my Great Uncle who passed away earlier this year. The lady said she wouldn't read them. But I'm not sure what they're going to do with all the memory notes.
Overall, the festival was really fun, and I enjoyed hearing the mariachi band, and being able to sample food. I basically got a free dinner for the night. All the shop owners were so nice and friendly. I am definitely glad that I ended up going out into the cold and wet to experience it!