Dia de los Muertos

Tomorrow is All Saints Sunday, the Sunday closest to November 1 which is traditionally All Saints Day.

I was at the Denver Botanic Gardens this fall and saw some colorful statues celebrating Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead.) I wanted to learn more about this holiday. Dia de los Muertos is a two-day colorful and joyful celebration in Mexico. It’s a way to honor and respect and remember deceased family members. Check out this link for 10 things to know about Dia de los Muertos.

What strikes me the most about this holiday is the celebration and remembering. Families make altars, not to be worshipped, but to be a point of remembrance with offerings of sweets, marigolds, candles and a photo of the dearly departed. Favorite foods and things of the deceased are included. It’s an annual holiday that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember loved ones who have died. It’s a public holiday.

What I like most is the remembering and the food. If I were to have food that honored and respected my mom, we would have pizza, lasagna, and cake. To remember my grandma, we might have a Baked Alaska, which was one of her favorite desserts to make for a number of years. To remember my grandpa, I’d need to light a pipe and inhale the smell that only pipe tobacco can make.

It’s a concrete way to gather and celebrate our saints. Doing it every year is a way to not forget. As life goes by, I understand the need to be intentional about remembering. Perhaps there will be a way for me and my family to incorporate this holiday into our lives next year now that I have learned more about it.

Tomorrow is the GGCC annual All Saints Sunday gathering. We remember, we honor and we respect the names of our saints in worship. We’ll pray and comfort one another. We’ll cry and we’ll laugh. It will be a good time together. And, it won’t be the same without you at 9:00 or 10:30 am.

Grace be with you,

Vikki

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