Dia De Muertos (Day of the Dead)
"Come To Terms With Your Own Mortality"
PHILOSOPHY BEHIND -MEXICO'S-DIA DE MUERTOS
Death is just a ticket to the afterlife. What lies ahead is unknown to the living. So why mourn the onset of the journey of the dead. Rather, celebrate their liberation and seek their blessings and love.
WHY AND HOW 'DIA DE MUERTOS'?
The tradition of the Day of The Dead dates 3000 years back. It is believed that life and death coexist and during fall, the dead can visit the living. Which is why, 1st and 2nd of November is celebrated as the Day of the Dead to accept the reality of death, rather than mourning the parting of the deceased and the fears attached with it.
1st November is for infants and children while the 2nd of November is for adults. For children candies, toys and food are placed on the altar as offerings while for the adults, spicy food with tequila shots and other favourites are offered. It is believed that the dead souls will absorb these offerings and be nourishes and replenished for their journey ahead. Decorations with marigolds, candle light progressions and marches are ways to celebrate with the dead while people prepare exotic food and indulge in dancing and face painting. Sugar skulls are a common sight during this festival.
IMPLEMENTATION OF 'DIA DE MUERTOS' IN OUR DAILY LIFE
Dancing With Death
One fear that each living organism shares is the fear of death. Not realizing the ultimate freedom that a soul gets, the fear of leaving behind the worldly matters keeps us from enjoying our life. Remember those who have left with joy and happy memories rather than with tears and mourning. Lets accept death as a reality and get comfortable with it instead of fearing it and believing that it won’t happen to us.
This blog is inspired by: Secrets to Happiness from the Cultures of the World (Lonely Planet)
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