All tagged Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos is a holiday that pays tribute to the dead and also celebrates life. This spiritual tradition of Mexican origin consists of ancestral rituals to honor the memories of deceased loved ones. The life-affirming holiday is observed every year on November 1-2 and has become an important part of popular culture across the U.S. and beyond. To provide a more visual illustration of this holiday, I showcase the film photography of my friend Viv Delgadillo.
Earlier this week, I wrote about the meaning behind the upcoming Día de los Muertos holiday. To further explore the theme of death and transcendence, I bare a part of my soul to give you a glimpse into the inner workings of my mind with this short story. The story is from the viewpoint of a 6 year old me, doing what Alan Watts urges us to do in the above quote, acknowledging immortality. After all, I tend to prefer abstract thought and find philosophical concepts and questions highly appealing. Before you read on, understand that I now live a fuller life because of this specific dark and somewhat morbid contemplation. Ever since this incident, I have been and still am on a quest to find meaning and lead a life full of purpose with the goal of leaving behind a memorable legacy.
Throughout time, civilizations ranging from ancient Egypt, to China, to Mexico, have created ways of coming to terms with death. Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is an essential part of the Mexican identity, with its origins fusing pre-Columbian indigenous rituals and European Catholic beliefs. This holiday is neither morbid nor macabre, rather it is a celebration of remembrance that acknowledges death as a natural part of the human experience. Día de los Muertos originated in Mexican folklore tradition and aims to honor the life + memory of loved ones that have passed away. During November 1–2, family members gather to pray and pay tribute to departed family members. Day of the Dead is also meant to bring hope by providing a way to cope with our own impending mortality. Read on to find out the true meaning behind Day of the Dead (it has nothing to do with Halloween).