It’s that time of year for the spooky celebrations of Halloween and Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos). Shop Fair Trade Winds’ selection of decor, gifts, and chocolate to make these holidays fair and full of meaning.
Day of the Dead
We are particularly fascinated by the fair trade artisans who create folk art to commemorate Día de los Muertos. Retablos are made in the village of Allccamenca, Ayacucho, Peru by the Jimenez family. For generations, this family has been widely respected for their dedication to preserve, study, and develop the tradition of Retablo making. Each tiny altar is unique and personalized.
Losing a loved one is not typically a time of joy, but each year from October 31-November 2, Día de Muertos provides the opportunity for the living to revel in the memories of their departed loved ones. Many believe that this time is easier for the souls to visit them. The holiday originated in Mexico, but is now celebrated in North America and many other parts of the world.
Traditionally, families build altars to honor the deceased using sugar skulls, papel picado (“perforated paper”) banners, marigolds, figurines, photographs, and eat the departed’s favorite foods. The holiday is full of color!
Fair Trade Halloween
Halloween will be a little less spooky this year with new fair trade peanut butter cups from Theo Chocolate and this lovable jack-o-lantern gourd box. Add a battery-operated light inside the gourd for the full effect!
Our Boulder, CO, Seattle, WA, and Stony Brook, NY stores will be handing out fair trade candy from Glee Gum and Equal Exchange on Halloween to little ghosts and goblins, so stop by for some organic, fair trade treats.
And, it’s still Fair Trade Month! Use code “ftmonth” on our website for 15% off your purchase until Oct. 31.