10.15.2010

The Day of the Dead 2010: Join us!


Otilia y sus muertitos, originally uploaded by lacho.flores.

Join us as we remember those who’ve died. The Day of the Dead is a Mexican festival of remembrance that dates back thousands of years. Similar to All Soul’s Day, it is believed to be a special time when the veil between the worlds grows thin and our loved ones visit us. The week before the holiday is spent in a fury of gathering mementos, creating crafts, cooking and cleaning, and sharing memories with friends and family.

I believe that grieving people today need this ancient festival that brings together the living and the dead with love and joy. It’s a safe time to share memories and may turn into a new family tradition that is more harmonious with our real experiences of grief than any celebrations or rituals we share in the U.S. today. Day of the Dead rituals and crafts can be adapted to suit nearly any household’s skills, interests, and can include every generation.

How can you participate? Simple!:
  • Follow along with us every few days as we walk you through creating an offering to your loved ones. You can pick and choose the activities that work for you.
  • Plan an event (small or large) on Nov. 2, the night of the festival. We’ll also have a chat room open that evening for sharing.
  • Display the badge (coming soon) for our shared virtual festival on your blog or website.
  • Create a craft, cooking something your loved one enjoyed, or otherwise sharing traditions, new or old, with family and/or friends. Nothing will be difficult, everything will be adaptable, and it shouldn't be expensive, either.
  • Share your experience, process, and memories on your own blog and Facebook and updating this post (coming soon) with links.
The next post here (coming soon) will be updated every day with new participants, new activities, photos, and other sharing as part of our individual rituals and memories.

This will be FUN, easy, and satisfying! Questions?

2 comments:

Kara aka Mother Henna said...

Looking forward to participating in your blog fest for Day of the Dead this year. I posted a couple of DoD how-to's this year. One for making sugar skulls:

http://motherhenna.blogspot.com/2010/09/sugar-skull-how-today-of-dead-2010-show.html

Another for doing an ATC with a DoD skellie:

http://motherhenna.blogspot.com/2010/10/atc-how-to-mixed-media-atcs-for-day-of.html

We have our blog fest from last year still posted because people can still get free copy of the eBook that shares close ups of the Day of the Dead art made by 17 artists from around the world:

http://motherhenna.blogspot.com/2009/10/welcome-to-day-of-dead-blog-fest.html

And then my hub did great photos of a fest the year prior -- complete with my face done up as DoD skull! We shared our hand carved stamps and other things that year, including many of the skellies on that ofrenda have the names of the dead babies we remember each year:

http://motherhenna.blogspot.com/2008/10/celebration-of-dia-de-los-muertos.html

Miracles!
k-

Supa Dupa Fresh said...

Kara, Wow! Thanks, and glad to meet you. You're an angel!
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Supa

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