Ever since my 8th grade Spanish I class I have been mildly obsessed with Dia de los Muertos and more so with Mexican culture. The food, the colors, artwork, markets, architecture all seem so vivid and inviting.
Dia de los Muertos is a holiday celebration that I would like to experience in person some day and November 1st marks the first day of the celebration. I think this holiday has a great message and is one that is really honest and worth celebrating that hasn't been diluted with consumerism. It comes from the Mexian/Aztec notion of loving without fear of losing and the ability to live without the fear of dying. Two things I cannot bear to think of. I always imagine how it will feel to lose those closest to me (morbid huh?!) and how life will go on. I cannot imagine what I will do, how it will feel...it makes me so sad. But Dia de los Muertos is a way for lost loved ones to be remembered and not forgotten and for our current loved ones' lives to be celebrated. That feels very restorative to me. Seeing the alters made in remembrance and celebration is such a great visual and as a creative person it really hits home and makes sense. It's like keeping mementos around that remind you of someone that has passed on. A sweet remembrance, an expression of love.
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