Dia De Los Muertos: Celebrating Those Who Have Passed
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a time for Latin American families to come together to honor the lives of those most important to them and it is a three-day celebration that takes place each year during October 31st through November 2nd. This holiday reflects the importance of holding onto relationships with the ones we’ve lost. We may not live forever, but our memories, connections, and relationships with others can.
Relationships Don’t Have to End with Death
Sugar skulls aside, the true beauty of Dia de los Muertos is that it allows generations to remain connected to the loved ones they’ve lost. Our relationships formed with others are not to be forgotten after death and Everdays hopes to emulate that connection all year round.
Dia de Muertos celebrations center around a family’s ofrenda, or a private altar covered with pictures of deceased family members and friends, that is often adorned with Calaveras (decorative sugar skulls), images of important religious figures, the deceased’s favorite foods, and bright orange and yellow marigolds called cempazuchitl, an Aztec flower of the dead. The altars can be decorated with candles and other items of the deceased. Cempazuchitls are carefully laid in a path to guide the ancestors from the Land of the Dead to their families ofrendas.
Regardless of what’s on them, the ofrendas are usually placed in the family’s home or in village cemeteries or churches so they can be visited during Dia de Muertos. The general idea of these altars is for living family members to commemorate the deceased, while also welcoming the spirit back to them and making them feel at home. Additionally, it is a way for the spirits to hear the prayers and words that their surviving family members have for them.
Dia de Muertos is all about honoring the legacy of the deceased and ensuring that they will live on, even after death. It also destigmatizes death, making a very difficult topic much more relatable to everyone involved, while commemorating those who died with respect and love.
This is what we hope Everdays can provide you and your family: a respectful memorial to loved ones that help destigmatize death and show that relationships with loved ones do not end with death and the love we have for deceased family and friends can transcend death.
How do you commemorate those in your life who have passed away? Let us know in the comments below.
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