After many years of saying we were going to go Shanna and I finally made it to downtown Santa Ana to celebrate Dia de Muertos. Over the years I have heard many things about this tradition, but until this weekend I never fully understood the ritual. Like for instance I had no idea it was actually a three day celebration. “On October 31, All Hallows Eve, the children make a children’s altar to invite the angelitos (spirits of dead children) to come back for a visit. November 1 is All Saints Day, and the adult spirits will come to visit. November 2 is All Souls Day, when families go to the cemetery to decorate the graves and tombs of their relatives. The three-day fiesta filled with marigolds, the flowers of the dead; muertos (the bread of the dead); sugar skulls; cardboard skeletons; tissue paper decorations; fruit and nuts; incense, and other traditional foods and decorations.” -Frances Ann Day
As we walked the streets viewing altar after altar I was in awe of the amount of time, effort and creativity that went into each one. Families coming together to celebrate the dead, giving just a glimpse of what these lives were like. This for me was a problem, it left me wanting more. I was not satisfied, I wanted to know more of there story, I wanted to know how they died. Perhaps this is just my morbid tendencies but I had no choice but to accept the amount of information that was provided.
Regardless of your beliefes, religion or culture we all have a way of celebrating/honoring/remembering the dead this we have in common. Dia de Muertos was something I always wanted to experience and I look forward to doing it again next year.
Have a great day. I ♥ you! oxox