Happy Day of the Dead!
I am writing this post about one of my favorite holidays; one I first discovered after moving to El Paso, Texas, where the community is predominantly of Hispanic/Mexican descent. There are no mascots or magical characters associated with this holiday. No gift-giving. No cavity-causing candy. It is really just a time to spend with family remembering and honoring the lives of those who have passed. Not all together different from the American holiday Memorial Day.
But at the heart of this tradition are altars built to welcome the deceased back to earth from the other side, from heaven. It is believed that on Dia de los Muertos spirits return to visit their living family and friends, and the altars are created to provide everything the spirits will need to make their brief return pleasant.
When I first learned of this holiday or practice, it left me a little uncomfortable. I wasn’t sure how I felt about purposely inviting spirits into my home and my life. Kind of seemed to me that if I was to be visited by a spirit, it wouldn’t be because I asked them “over”. I didn’t feel too comfortable about rolling out the red carpet for them. If others wanted to do that, though, good for them.
Then my three-year-old nephew Andrew died with cancer, coincidentally in November.
The idea of creating an altar in his memory grew on me. Please stop by The Blended Blog, here, where I have written a post about the altar I built in honor of my nephew and angel Andrew.
Each year my sister Valerie, Andrew’s mommy, sponsors a team, Andrew’s Superheroes for Relay for Life. For the past few years, I have been on her team as an official member of the relay. Because Andrew loved Batman and was a superhero in his own right, we carry that theme into the relay booth and our relay outfits.
If you would like to make a donation to Andrew’s Superheroes Relay for Life team, we would be so appreciative! You may do so here. Thank you so much.
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