When it rains, it pours. Happy Street released another new theme yesterday right on the heels of the Farm theme: El Dia de los Muertos!
Of course, it’s all adorable and I’m so excited to see Happy Street continue its world tour with a stop in Mexico. El Dia de los Muertos, or The Day of the Dead, is Mexico’s annual holiday to remember and celebrate the lives of family members and friends who have passed away. It’s a colorful, joyful event filled with special food, music, costumes, and dancing, and the Happy Street theme reflects that perfectly:
The Calaveras’ (The Skulls’) House – This is the adobe house of the Muertos—a skeleton family!
Tunicas y Mascaras (Tunics and Masks) – This is a costume shop so your villagers can get ready for all the parades and dances!
Spicy Cakes – You can’t have an El Dia de los Muertos festival without the traditional treats! This bakery (another Happy Street bakery! I have like ten different bakeries, but I’m not complaining) sells bone-shaped cookies and cupcakes decorated with sugar skulls. I thought the cookies were dog treats at first, so I was confused until I remembered the whole skeleton theme (duh).
Cactus Shop – Cute! A little spot to buy succulents and cacti!
El Mariachi – This is a decoration of a xylophone-playing skeleton. He’s wearing a traditional mariachi suit and sombrero and bobbing his head to the music.
Candelero (Candlestick) – This is nice—it’s a candelabra with glowing flames. Candles are used during the festival to decorate graves and create a warm, bright, and inviting atmosphere that guides and welcomes the spirits.
Marigolds Ground – I really like the road pieces. The sidewalk is decorated with colorful sugar skulls on a white background and the road is covered in bright yellow marigolds, which are traditionally placed on the graves of departed adults (white orchids and baby’s breath are placed on the graves of children on the day before, or El Dia de los Inocentes).
Also, Happy Street re-released all the Halloween content from previous years, too, like the Scary Ride, Halloween Mask Shop, and haunted houses.
I’m low on Flooz after splurging on the Farm theme, but I’m saving up again and will probably wait until I can buy everything at once. That way, all the elements of my little Mexican neighborhood will grow at the same pace.
I really appreciate the way that Godzilab researches its themes and packs its illustrations full of significant details. I did just a few minutes of research on El Dia de los Muertos and could immediately recognize many of the holiday’s features reflected in the new Happy Street items. Godzilab is generous in that Happy Street provides multiple avenues for earning free Flooz, but I plan to make an in-app purchase to help support the developers.
Can’t wait for the next update! I hope there are a few new goodies this year for Christmas, too…
10/31/14 – Edited to add this photo of my new sugar skull neighborhood! It took me a couple of weeks to save enough Flooz but then I bought everything at once: