This week we will celebrate not only Halloween but a very significant and cultural holiday for Hispanics-the day of the dead.
It is culturally not a celebration of ghosts and goblins but a celebration of the lives of our loved ones that are no longer with us.
There has been some comments I’ve heard lately that Halloween and El Dia de los Muertos are un-Christian and further inspired by the devil himself!
It never ceases to surprise me how people who know nothing about a subject will have the strongest opinions about it. So let me tell you a little about how I understand El Dia de los Muertos.
Although this is not part of my cultural heritage it is part of my husband’s and many friends’ culture–and over the years, one that I have come to respect and enjoy.
The idea behind it is that we are provided a day in which we can remember and celebrate those that came before us–our parents, grandparents, children–that were once our family and have passed away.
Altars are created with their pictures, their favorite foods, and candles to light their way as they visit us here on earth.
Sugar skulls representing the souls of our dearly departed are also placed on the alters-which are called ofrendas- and hand decorated.
Believing that those that have gone before us visit us on this particular day feels to me to be extremely Christian.
It means–and as closely as we can almost, prove–that there is a heaven. That our loved ones are at peace and watching over us and that they have the ability to visit us here on earth.
It feels good to me to know that I can still communicate with my abuela, and my grandfather and my aunt and uncle who impacted me so much in life–and that they can communicate with me.
El Dia de los Muertos is a day each year when we have the opportunity to connect–with the past, with the future and with ourselves.
Enjoy the journey.