Nativity Scenes from Mexico

As I’ve mentioned before, Mexico is predominantly a Catholic country (over 90%). So, much of the handmade folk art from every region is related to either the Virgin of Guadalupe, believing in miracles, wishing and hoping for protection from the bad, thanking God for the good, remembering the dead or expressing one’s faith. As we get closer to Christmas, the Christmas markets will start popping up allowing one to buy all kinds of decorations and food related to Christmas.

People buy complete nativity scenes in Mexico but there is also a tradition that happens in other parts of the world–buying the nativity scene one piece at a time. If you go to the Christmas markets you’ll see Baby Jesus in all kinds of sizes and colors as well as the lambs, cows, mangers and other nativity figures. You can purchase one or all or simply add on to your nativity scene every year. Jesus is also purchased separately because he doesn’t appear in the scene until December 24th…the Three Kings are added to the nativity on January 6th.

Mexican folk art Nativity

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Josefina Aguilar Nativity, Oaxaca, Mexico

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Peruvian Nativity in Flower

Oaxacan Carved Wood Nativity Set, Oaxaca Mexico

Metepec Nativity Tree of LIfe, Mexican folk art

As always, if you have questions or would like to purchase any of these Mexican nacimientos, just let me know!

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Paper Cut Outs of Margarita Fick

This is an example of a paper cut-out by Margarita Fick, the one and only person in Mexico doing these amazing paper pieces. She comes from a family that made “papel picado” or the cut out tissue paper flags that are strung across streets for fiestas & celebrations. Every piece is unique and all are cut with fingernail scissors, not the usual paper chiseling of the traditional papel. Some are symmetrical and have been folded to cut and others are asymmetrical and are entirely cut by hand. Many of the pieces feature catrinas with flowers, insects, animals, different skirt designs and blouse designs. They are super cool.

Margarita Fick’s small paper cutouts can be seen at GUILD. If you’d like to see what selection we have available, please click here!


Photo by Mike Welckle


What is Day of the Dead?

Day of the dead art, day of the dead skulls, dia de los muertos art

Hoooray Day of the Dead is Coming!

Hey everyone! Our first blog post is about one of the most important holidays in Mexico, Day of the Dead aka “Muertos.” Books have been written about the history, meaning, practices and beliefs but in a super small nutshell, here’s a description…

Day of the Dead is kind of like a combination of Thanksgiving (traditional foods, family gatherings, iconic colors, traditional flowers & smells) and Memorial Day (going to the cemetery, cleaning and decorating the grave site, remembering the dead) and is really NOTHING like Halloween.  They both share the timing of All Saints Day and they both feature skeletons, but really, they are not even close in terms of a holiday. Americans may get a little confused because there are so many skeletons or skulls around during “Muertos” but these skeletons are happy and doing things that they used to do in life–playing instruments, singing, teaching classes, riding bikes–anything that they would do in life, they do in death. And always with a smile on their face. They like to look on the sunny side. It’s a very nice holiday.

Maybe everyone knows that in Mexico, Days of the Dead are November 1 and 2, but at Zinnia we are getting a head start on the season by having our 4th Annual Day of the Dead Pop-Up Sale from October 11-15 & 18-22. It will be at GUILD, 4414 Excelsior Blvd in St. Louis Park, MN.  Our hours on Tuesday-Friday are 11-6 and on Saturdays, 10-5. Stay tuned for details…more info and photos are coming soon.

If you’re interested in what Day of the Dead folk art we currently have for sale on line click here!