Día de los Muertos 2014

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This year marks our 4th year of celebrating Día de los Muertos by creating an altar to remember passed loved ones. In 2010 when I first set up an altar and Carlos asked me to take it down because it made him sad, I completely understood and dismantled it. Día de los Muertos is called Día de los Difuntos in El Salvador and most people don’t see it as a day of celebration. In El Salvador it’s more a day of mourning – so Carlos wasn’t into it.

I thought that would be our first and last altar but the next year my boys remembered the tradition and asked if we were going to build an altar. When I explained that it had made Daddy sad to see his father on the altar they asked if we could make one for a beloved dog who had passed – and so we celebrated the life of Ginger the dog that year.

Last year was a turning point because not only did Carlos say he felt comfortable with me creating an altar for his passed loved ones, I also felt comfortable enough to include passed loved ones from my side of the family.

As I set up this year’s ofrenda I realized how therapeutic Día de los Muertos is for healing. It feels good to be able to look at a photo of my grandfather or Carlos’s abuelos and smile, remembering them.

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3 thoughts on “Día de los Muertos 2014

  1. So inspiring! Remembering our beloved ones brings unity and acceptance of life and infuses us the strenght to face our own destinies with integrity. It is so sweet the way you have guided your family to this healing tradition! Love, Fernanda

  2. I love it! I really wanted to do that this year, but time got away from me. I should still do it. With the kids getting older, I think they are forgetting a little about those family members who have passed away. And really, so am I.

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