This time of year is very important to me, as holiday after holiday explodes around my home lands, and my birthday approaches. Winternights, Samhain, Halloween, All Saints Day, Dia De Los Muertos… they’re not all the same, but there is a common theme throughout them: Honoring the role death and the beloved dead play in our dance of life.
The Lord of the Mound has gone to His rest, Papa Ghede is laughing with His fellows, the Ancestors are awake to dance and dine with us, and the year is turning.
Today I want to celebrate the Ancestors, to contemplate the cycle, and to perhaps understand a little better one of the major elements of the season in my area: Dia De Los Muertos, the Mexican tradition for remembering our beloved dead, and re-connecting with them on a personal level each year.
To that end, I offer some videos I find beautiful:
The first Dia De Los Muertos parade in Mexico City!
Google Mexico exploring Dia De Los Muertos
The touching Dia De Los Muertos animated short
Dia De Los Muertos in San Francisco
Dance in the Graveyard by Delta Rae