The time of the year for festivals respecting the dead is here. But this week, we'll focus on the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).
It is a holiday not for grieving, but one for respecting on honoring lost loved ones. The art involves skeletons smiling, dancing in their festive dresses. It is not for mourning, not trick-or-treating, not the pagan candles and bonfire, but a time for symbolization for death and rebirth.
The origins came from the indigenous cultures in native Latin-America. November 1st (Dia de los Inocentes/Angelitos) is to honor the passed youth and children and November 2nd (Dia de los Ancianos) is to honor adults and elders.
I, being of some Latina decent, find this holiday fascinating. I hope to spread this fascination to you, the Unseen Writers as well.
Who do you miss? How do you like that makeup? What do you think of dancing skeletons? What of the traditions? Write your heart out.