31.10.09

Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos)

Tomorrow, November 1st, is the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead. It's a fantastic celebration of one's deceased family and friends. The idea is to pray for them, and enjoy the good memories instead of focusing on the sad fact that they are now gone from your life. I haven't celebrated in any way before, but I've always been fascinated with the holiday. There aren't any celebrations in my teeny speck on the globe, which is probably due to the lack of a Mexican community.

There are two cemeteries where my relatives are resting. My paternal grandparents are buried in one, and my maternal grandparents in another. My father very recently passed away as well. Even though he was cremated, his wishes were to have his ashes buried. He's in the same plot as my maternal grandparents, as that's where my mother will be buried when she passes away (which I hope is many, many years from now).

I'm planning to visit both cemeteries, but I don't have any offerings for the spirits or decorations of any sort. I do love the colorful decorations and symbols though. I adore the Catrina skeletons, shrines and sugar skulls. I'm going to bring flowers, tidy up the plots, and fix anything that needs fixing. It's probably just weeding, because they were fine when I was there last, which wasn't all that long ago.

I just hope it doesn't rain.

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