Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Day of The Dead Celebrations - November 1-2

Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and around the world in many cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it attains the quality of a National Holiday. The celebration takes place on November 1–2, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday 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
Courtesy of Wikipedia
An example of an alter celebrating Day of the Dead

Our experience with Day of the Dead started with Marcus' Spanish school project.  He researched and created a beautiful altar.  He included photos of his dad's parents and my dad, sugar skulls, figurines and flowers.  (sorry, no photos)  I cried when I saw it! 

I think it's important to celebrate our family members who have passed with our children.  Marcus was born after my husband's parents and my father died.  My husband and I broke out family photo albums and shared our memories with Marcus. 

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