I hear myself saying, “Al rato vengo, voy por un pan”. Hmmm. Then I think: what if I don’t come back?
Once we’re done and gone, where do we go from here? Some go six feet deep.
Yes, yes. But what about your spirit? What happens to it? Hmmm. A mystery.Day of the dead…
Prior to the arrival of the spaniards (in Mexico), the day of the dead was celebrated in July and August. Now, it’s observed the last days of October through the first days of November. Yes, just like Halloween and All Soul Day. (Ahem, thanks to the roman catholic authorities)
El dia de muertos is not meant to be, frightening nor mournful. Au contraire, it’s a very festive and lively (haha, lively!) occasion. We pay homage to our dead loved ones.
While we’re still living let us rejoice and celebrate death! Or at least celebrate and remember the dead ones. Although your body shuts down, and boom, you die!
For the ancient, indigenous peoples of Mexico (and other latin countries), death was a passage to a new (after) life. sounds whimsical, huh? It totally is. It’s majestic and magical. It’s a culture thing!
Let’s continue…The dead, (let’s hope only the dead) were buried with their most personal objects and belongings to prepare for the afterlife. Which totals makes sense. Since your stuff will end up in some landfill anyway!
Sometimes their husbands, wives, children, pets were sacrificed and buried with them! Ha. That’s not entirely true.
Traditionally, one builds personal, colorful altars honoring the dead loved one. These altars are adorned with the traditional marigold (XEMPOALXÓCHITL) flowers, sugar skulls, favorite foods and drinks, pan de muertos and favorite or personal items of the dearly departed.
This seems like it would be so beautiful to create for someone whom you truly love and admire. The great joy this would bring to anyone! To commemorate someone in this beautiful tradition is just pretty virtuous.
You immortalize a being.
And here are some words to remember:
- pan de muertos
- sugar skulls
Also, el dia de muertos is not halloween. It’s actually a cultural significant holiday so don’t fuck it up by taking over yet another thing that belongs to this significant race! There’s only so much that we can take over and modify before it becomes something trivial, common and insignificant… You know, pale and transparent.