November 2 – Dia de los Muertos


I am repurposing for myself, and you can do it too, yet another festivity originating in Mexico. Day of the Dead, also known as All Souls Day, is celebrated on November 2 (unless it is a Sunday).   It’s a day to celebrate the dead in light-hearted, good-spirited ways, including by lighting candles and incense, and placing special items on a Day of the Dead alter, such as fresh flowers, favourite foods and fruit, sugar skulls, photos and other mementos of the dead.  Another sort of offering is to tell a touching or humorous story about the dead.  Leigh and I have done lots of that in Just Push Play On Midlife.  By including stories about  parents and grandparents, we are keeping our family histories alive.  Today, I will tell my son a funny story about his great grandpa, who lives on in both of us.  Problem is, there are so many of those stories, it’s difficult to choose one.  I hope you also have the good fortune to have many stories  from which to choose.  Feliz Dia de Los Muertos!



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