Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Day of the Dead
An intriguing festival. Day of the Dead. Countries around the world celebrating memories of their deceased family and friends today. National holiday for some. Creating altars with offerings of food and symbolic tokens for departed spirits. Visiting relatives' graves, candles and flowers in hand. Reciting funny stories, dancing, and eating sugar skulls. Slight variations on the same theme depending on where it is being celebrated. However, the overriding sentiment the same. Predominantly festive atmosphere full of colour and life. In stark contrast to the prevailing attitude to death here in this part of the world. Primarily one of fear and separation. Imagining immersion in a culture joyfully celebrating this day. With such a healthy perspective. Receiving such pleasure just thinking about it.