Its Halloween again and the Gobblins and Gouls came out to play all over the United States. My own children dressed up as a Pirate and a Cop and went out “Trick or Treating” themselves. I absolutely love seeing everyone get creative on this day!
However, celebration for many other people will not begin until November 1st, where Dia De Los Inocentes (Day of the Innocent) will take place honoring dead children in order to celebrate their short lives. Children’s graves will be decorated with white Orchids and tombstones with baby’s breath and the entire town will simply smell heavenly. On November 2nd we celebrate Dia De Los Muertos or Day of The Dead. On this day we honor all our dead relatives by holding fiestas, parades, and making the dishes our loved ones favored when they were alive. To some, it may seem a bit dark to celebrate such a thing but it is one of the loveliest things I have ever witnessed in my life. To see people remember the dead with such love and admiration and to feel at least once a year like they are among the living enjoying the festivities is truly a sight. Somehow, instead of the celebration being filled with death, it brings life to the people.
I have not taught my children this tradition, we are far from family and in turn far from tradition. I only hope that I can teach them about it and that they too learn to admire it as I have. Someday, along with their American Traditions, they do not forget the traditions that stemmed from their Aztec Ancestors, for they truly are beautiful.