Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy Día de los Muertos

This weekend, take some time to honor those in your family who went before, blazed the trails and brought you into this mad mad world. Sing a song for them, remember them, what they liked to eat, what they looked like, good stories, not so good stories. Take a moment to ground yourself and then go back to looking toward what will hopefully be a brighter future.

The Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos in Spanish) is a holiday celebrated mainly in Mexico and by people of Mexican heritage (and others) living in the United States and Canada. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and relatives who have died. The celebration occurs on the 1st and 2nd of November, in connection with the Catholic holy days of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day which take place on those days. Traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased, using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. from wikipedia

There are many cultures around the world that celebrate some sort of Ancestor-worship holiday. In the modern world we tend to rush ahead full force, but it is a worth while lesson to remember where we came from. So Happy Day of the Dead!

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