1st Pioneers:  Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead, also known as Dia de Muertos, is a holiday which falls on All Souls Day 2nd November, originating in Mexico where it is mostly observed, but also in other countries, especially by people of Mexican or Latino heritage. It is a celebration of life and death where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration (costumes, parades and dancing in the street). We thought this was a fitting theme to adopt as our 1st pioneers costume as it is the perfect time of year in conjunction with Bonfire season; a big part of our Sussex Bonfire culture is remembrance so this costume is a celebratory and colourful way to honour and remember our Heathfield Martyrs and those we commemorate each season; it is also a theme that no other society has as an official pioneer costume. We aim to make this our signature costume along with our HDBS smugglers.

Think Sugar Skulls, Marigolds, Fiestas, Mexican & Spanish senoritas, colourful skeletons, La Catrina, flamboyant smart dress… The bigger, brighter and bolder the better!

HDBS Smugglers:

The HDBS smugglers costume consists of the long-standing Heathfield colours of black, green and white striped knitted jumper, white trousers, black boots and a red spotted scarf with optional red hat or black bowler/top hat. (Officers or Captains of the Society have the option to also wear a red sash.)

HDBS wool colours: Stylecraft Special DK Black, Kelly Green & White.

Please make sure when knitting your jumper to keep your stripes to 2 inches thick (for adult jumpers). Collar and cuffs to be in black. (arm & body stripes to match up at seams).

Email for a knitting pattern, to enquire about using one of our official HDBS jumper knitters or for any further information.

IMPORTANT NOTE TO ALL MEMBERS: All procession clothing must be adequately fire-proofed. This is of the utmost importance and is the responsibility of every individual and of the Parent/Nominated Responsible Adult for any Junior Member.