We are preparing to leave for 3 days to visit my mother and spend the evning at the cemetary with the kids . This time of year is so beautiful oakleaves dancing , squirells jumping ;-)
I was meditating last night on how as a child and well now as well I just despise halloween . How it is so different then all souls day , snap apple night , hallows eev , dia de los muertos & samhain etc. I see what it is that bothers me of the secular halloween is troubling to discrenment for it is a holiday based on deception . It is the holiday when people pretend to be who they are not . This is different then acting for acting is mere form of story telling . I can't stand the focus on death as evil , a bad , negative and then the focus becomes gruesome and gory . Mocking and making fun of death making it a horrid experience .
Now for what I do love is how all cultures all religions have celebration for souls . Have rememberance of ancestors . I love how the indians in Michoacan ( who were not aztec by the way ) tell the story of how the butterflys returning each autumn represent the souls of thier ancestors . Why this time of yr. ? out of the whole yr. the focus of souls to a culture that knew nothing of Christ ;-) Here the aboriginal people have the same representation . Is it not interesting how the celtic peoples also had thier connection with souls this same time of yr.
We have been reading a few books to help us learn and participate such as
Day of the dead crafts the photos are excellent and you can get some great ideas which will inspire even furthur crafting expereinces ;-) Then there is El Dia De Los Muertos which I have been reading to the kids thru-out the week . Keep in mind not everything in this book is acurate such as the info regarding the aztecs / christians celebrations of this holdiday but our children are old enough to understand when I explain these issues . I absolutly love
Celebrating Irish Festivals it keeps going in and out of stock I know this because I love to give it as a gift to families ;-) The other book I enjoy very much is All Year Round for stories and recipes / crafts .
We always remember the year we spent at lago patzcurao during this season of souls . You can do a search of dia de los muertos and much will come up including the fabulous altars and folkart