LOVE AND THE AFTERLIFE | DIOS DE LOS MUERTOS
Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a three-day celebration which starts midnight of Oct 31st & concludes on Nov 2nd.
- This is not a spooky, scary or somber holiday – this is a joyful occasion. A moment to honor the lives of loved ones who have passed.
It’s believed the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are the first to join the festivities. Their reunion with family lasts 24 hours & starts midnight of Oct 31st. On midnight of Nov 1st the adult spirits then have their turn in the festivities.
- Alters are a welcome home & offering space for the deceased. A place where the spirts can - feast, drink, visit & play. Most importantly, the alters let the spirits know they were and are still loved.
Some alter offerings, or “ofrendas” include pan de muerto (bread), juguetes (toys for the children spirits), objetos personales (special personal belongings). For adults, offerings of mezcal 🤤🙋🏽♀️, cervaza & cigarettes are not uncommon.
- Alters are typically decorated with candles, sugar skulls and buckets of flowers.
- Sugar skulls or Spanish calaveras are molded from - you guessed it, sugar (sometimes clay though) when the spirits visit, they will find their name written across the top of their sugar skull(s).
Marigolds or (el flor del muerto) are the main flower used during the celebration they represent the fragility of life, rebirth and sunshine.
- For those wanting to experience and be inspired by the art, customs, incredible make-up and fascinating celebration - first hand, Mexico City, Oaxaca City and Merida are known to have the most extravagant celebrations.
Lastly, The Day of the Dead is a BIG deal in Mexican culture, a holiday which holds greater significance than both Christmas & Easter.
Day of the Dead is a tradition which removes the loss & fear normally associated with death. Instead, it shows through love, both life and death can and should be celebrated!
Wishing all spirits, a joyous homecoming, may you feast, dance and always remember...you are loved!
Feliz Día De Los Muertos!
The Wolf In Me
Clara Gomes (Writing Intern)