Honoring loved ones with Dia de los Muertos

October 21, 2016

Each year on November 1st and 2nd, the memories of people who have died are celebrated in Mexico, in a national fiesta known as Dia de Los Muertos. It is believed that on this day the souls of the departed make a brief return to this world to share in a feast and to bring comfort to the living. Traditionally, altars are set up with breads, food and drink, fruits, candles, pictures of saints and other objects. The tradition also includes a procession to the cemetery to clean the grave, bring flowers or other objects to the deceased who have but one day of the year to, again, enjoy the earthly plane. After the souls take up the essence of the goodies set out for them, the living family and friends share in the feast on the following day.

This special tradition is adapted for Tu Nidito’s support groups and can be for personal celebrations as well. Tu Nidito invites family members to bring mementos of the person who died along with a food that their special person enjoyed. These items are placed on a memory table and everyone gets a chance to share what they brought and why it is special. It is a wonderful tradition to honor and celebrate the special people in our lives who have died.

To have your own celebration of Dia de Los Muertos, gather items that celebrate the memory of someone in your life that has died. You can even make their favorite foods or something that you enjoyed with them. Begin the celebration with a poem, like We Remember Them. Allow everyone a chance to share their own memories of the person who has died. Once everyone has completed their turn, enjoy the delicious, special foods together!

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Tu Nidito families sharing memories at the Dia de Los Muertos celebration.

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