I have made a decision.
I want to participate in a widely known celebration, one that spans 3 days (from October 31st -November 2nd) and bridges the gap between the living and the dead. Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated with food, drinks, skeletons and family. It is time of remembrance for the ones we lost but also a time of welcoming as our ancestors return to the land of the living as humble spirits.
There are many ways in which to celebrate this holiday. An ofrenda is the one thing though that barely needs an explanation. It is “an offering” to the ancestors. A place where the pictures of our loved ones stand beside burning candles in memory of them.
When people think of this holiday, sometimes adjectives like “scary” or “bizarre” might come to mind. But it is all about colour and lights and bringing people closer together, no matter the race, lifestyle or sexuality.
Which is why I have decided to give into these three days of tradition and celebrate with millions of others. I hope that this short journey I am about to embark upon will be both inspiring and meaningful. I can’t wait for October 31st 🙂