03 November 2015

Halloween 2015

If you're coming over from another blog linked in the SOTBS blog hop, welcome! In an attempt to blog more often, a few women and myself, the "South of the Border Sisters" as we call ourselves, have decided to start a monthly blog hop. This month's theme is Day of the Dead. Take a look around, and if you also have a Day of the Dead post to share, feel free to link up your post!

Halloween has always been Hector's favorite holiday. In the US, we went all-out, decorating with lights, cobwebs, and other shenanigans. But since arriving in Mexico, Halloween has lost a lot of it's flavor. We still try to dress up and celebrate, but we are competing with the holiday celebrated in Mexico, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). I always appreciated this holiday, but we rarely celebrate. We have had zero close family members die. We are lucky, I guess. Tijuana is such a mixture of the US and Mexico, that there are people running around trick-or-treating all over town, then heading to the cemeteries on November 1st and 2nd.

This year, celebrating the holiday was even more difficult since our family is split apart. For costumes, Cecilia and I painted our faces as catrinas, the traditional skull-face paint that has become so over-stylized in American pop culture recently. Isaias begged to be Iron Man. In past three years, he's now been 3 different Marvel super heroes. Cecilia told me that she attempted to paint Emilia's face, but she couldn't stick still. In Tijuana, Hector took the girls out for trick-or-treating. In Oregon, the biggest rainstorm of the year hit, and Isaias and I barely made it around the block before the clogged storm drains began to flood the streets. In Oregon, we did carve some pumpkins that I had bought at the store; I plan to take my pumpkin carving tools back to TJ so that we can do this next year. Isaias was most concerned about the candy he was getting having chile on it.  I guess old habits die hard.

However, as a Catholic, I appreciate the importance of praying for the dead. Día de los Muertos is a celebration of this. Not only does it remind us that there is something awaiting us after death, but it also reminds us that we on Earth need to remember those who have gone before us and pray for those awaiting Heaven. Día de los Muertos conveniently falls on the Catholic solemnities of All Saint's Day, where we remember those who have made it to heaven and are with God, and All Soul's Day, where we remember those who have been baptized and are undergoing purification to be welcomed unblemished into Heaven. All through out the world, families are visiting graves on this weekend, praying for the souls of their loved ones who have passed away. While Day of the Dead is a colorful, celebratory, fun celebration of life and death, it should not be forgotten the true message of the day: that we need to pray for the souls of our dearly departed, and for those who have no one to pray for them.

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1 comment:

  1. I love that you managed to find a way to celebrate both days. It took me a while to embrace Día de Muertos, mostly because it wasn't celebrated that much in our small town, but now I can't imagine not celebrating it.

    And thank you so much for joining the blog hop! I hope this is the first of many! :D