Monday, November 02, 2009

Day Of The Dead

As the sun crawls over the rooftop across the street, its orange glow spreading over and burning away the gentle blanket of frost laid overnight, I climb out of bed and glance at my calendar. November 2nd...Day of the Dead.

El Día de los Muertos, or All Souls' Day, is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and by Latin Americans living in the United States and Canada. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration occurs on November 1st and 2nd in connection with the Catholic holiday of All Saints Day which occurs on November 1st, and All Souls Day which occurs on November 2nd. Traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased, using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.

Scholars trace the origins of the modern holiday to indigenous observances dating back thousands of years, and to an Aztec festival dedicated to a goddess called Mictecacihuatl.

I was going to take this opportunity to comment on some local political campaigns that could be considered dead, but there are many and time is short. Leave your thoughts and we will discuss.

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