How Dia De Los Muertos is Comforting a Family
by Silicon Valley REALTOR Michelle Carr Crowe
Recently someone I know who is a well-known Disneyland blogger, lost her beloved sister, who was a teacher. During her grief, she located something her sister shared about Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.
"While similar in nature to Halloween, one major distinction is that Halloween is only one night, whereas the Day of the Dead is actually a three-day event that is just getting started on Oct. 31. Halloween is short for All Hallows Eve, the night before All Saints' Day, a Catholic celebration commemorating saints and martyrs. All Souls Day, honorin...g all the Christian departed, follows on Nov. 2. Taken together, the three events are sometimes referred to as "Allhallowtide" and all of them are part of the Day of the Dead celebrations.
The Day of the Dead focuses squarely on death (it's in the name after all). But rather than treating it as something dark and frightening, the Day of the Dead is largely about laughing in the face of death, as represented by the ubiquitous skulls and skeletons known as calaveras and Catrinas, which are often depicted dancing or playing music. And though it is about remembering lost loved ones, the holiday is more a time to celebrate their memories than to mourn their loss."
She noted, "I have always loved this part of our Catholic faith, but it never meant much to me until now. More to learn.....another lesson left from my educator sister."