Things I Finished by Sarai: This Week’s Celebration

The Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos) is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in many cultures that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration takes place over two days (November 1–2, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day).

As part of a new “Things I Finished” series here at Jedemi, Sarai Hoffman shared her celebration.

Day of the Dead: Is custom in Mexico, as you know to set up a table with candles, flowers and food. What does it mean? It means you remember the people who you loved when they were alive. It means this is a good time for you to remember what things you shared with them, things they liked, food they used to liked to eat.
The best thing is you can remember them.

The activities involved in doing this helps you to process the lost. Every little detail you give is an opportunity for you to open that gate of feelings — bringing them up to the surface. It is also a reminder to yourself that nothing is forever. If you are going to put flowers is better to do it a live.

A closing thought: So don’t let time slip away. Make the most of your opportunities to reach out and hug the person next to you. In fact, make it a BIG hug. Make sure you tell that person how much they mean to you because if you don’t do it, the only thing the you will have is a table the you try to fill up. — SPH

To learn more about the Day of the Dead traditions, go here.
And watch regularly for our “Things I Finished” (TIF) posts.

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