I have been absolutely BUBBLING lately! I am feeling a level of OPTIMISM and excitement for the future that I cannot remember feeling for a very long time. MAGIC is in the air, do you feel it?
In the Northern Hemisphere we are deep into Autumn. The trees have shed most of their colorful leaves. The sounds of Holiday music are mingling with the smells of Halloween Candy. It’s my FAVORITE time of year. It’s Holiday SEASON!
My holiday season begins on November 1st. It’s my wedding anniversary and also Dia de los Muertos – the Day of the Dead. This two-day festival originated over 3000 years ago from rituals performed by Mesoamericans to honor their ancestors. It is celebrated throughout Latin America, but most associated with Mexico.
Mesoamericans held a cyclical view of the universe and saw death as a natural part of the continuum. Day of the Dead festivals have evolved from these beliefs and celebrate the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parades and activities enjoyed by the departed during their lifetime.
Familiar symbols of the holiday are the calacas and calaveras (skeletons and skulls). They can be found everywhere, especially on ancestral alters alongside vibrant marigolds and almost always portrayed as enjoying life.
WE ARE OUR ANCESTORS DREAM COME TRUE and these celebrations remind us to also ENJOY LIFE.
I intend on fulling enjoying life with my beloved this Holiday season. I will be singing, dancing, cooking, eating and CELEBRATING. I invite you to do the same. Savor your FALL Holiday Season.