Heather and I ventured to Living Arts of Tulsa Friday evening for their Day of the Dead event.
National Geographic has some information on the Day of the Dead. First off it is not a Mexican version of Halloween.
They claim that it originated thousands of years ago when the Aztecs and other ancient cultures. They believed that death was on the same continuum as life and that their ancestors should be honored.
Over time the ancient traditions merged with Christian beliefs and now the Day of the Dead occurs November 1 and 2, All Souls Day and All Saints Day.
A big part of the Day are the ofrenda’s or altars to the dead that can be installed in homes or graveyards.
They are meant to honor the dead and make them part of the holiday. Photos and other rembrances are displayed and favorite food and drink is offered.
The Ofrendas at Living Arts are for real. They are built by people for their loved ones.
They are really powerful and they speak to me of the power of family, love, tradition, remembrance and mourning.
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