Or as they call it in Mexico…
El Día de los Muertos
I was over at Disneyland the other day and they had this huge display set up for the Festival. As I stood there staring at this large skeleton woman dressed in pink it made me wonder about the celebration and its origins.
I’ve always been fascinated by other cultures belief systems and why they believe what they believe, but this festival I find particularly interesting. Not only is it celebrated in Mexico and South America, but many other cultures as well.
The celebration focuses on families and friends gathering to pray for those who have died.
Alters are built with sugar skulls and marigolds among other objects used for decoration.
Gifts of food and drink are left at the gravesite that has been freshly cleaned. Scholars trace the origins of the modern holiday to indigenous observances dating back thousands of years, and to an Aztec festival dedicated to a goddess called Mictecacihuatl (wikipedia).
In Christian beliefs we have no such festival of honoring our dearly departed unless, of course, you want to stretch things a bit and consider communion. The breaking of the bread and drinking of the wine in remembrance of what Jesus did on the cross over 2000 years ago.
And when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
1 Corinthians 11:24 & 25