I had the pleasure to visit some of my favorite people in Dallas, TX recently. I spent a week there getting to know their baby boy and catching up on whats happened in the last year and a half since I was away in Japan.
On the first weekend I was in Texas, CJ and I took a quick trip to San Antonio and were lucky enough to be down there during the Day of the Dead celebration. Outside of San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral in downtown San Antonio was a Día de Muertos display honoring loved ones who have passed on. I’ve always loved the art and know the general idea about the Day of the Dead but I figured its time to learn more…
According to Wiki, the Day of the Dead holiday is part of Hallowmas which includes: Halloween, All Saints Day and All Souls Day which take place on October 31, November 1 and 2. The days are used to honor loved ones who have passed on. (Reminds me a little of Obon in Japan.) We read on the sign at the memorial that November 1 was meant to honor children who have passed on and November 2 is used to honor adults who have passed on. Sugar skulls, marigolds and favorite foods and drinks of the loved ones who have died are used during the celebration.
People celebrate Día de Muertos in different ways. As stated above, sugar skulls and marigolds are symbols of this holiday but Wiki also states that people use muertos (bread of the dead), cardboard skeletons, fruits and nuts and incense to celebrate. Many of these items are placed at the grave site or on personal alters. In some parts of Mexico people even spend the night at their loved ones’ grave sites. Despite the solemn nature of losing a loved one, the Day of the Dead is often more of a fiesta, party, and people celebrate their loved ones instead of mourning.
What a great way to celebrate your loved ones! I’ve always been a fan of keeping my loved ones’ memories alive and there’s no better way, in my opinion, than having a party!