Dear Sisters and Brothers
Remembering uncles, aunts, friends, relatives and loved ones that have
passed on is both painful, but inspiring in terms of keeping their memory
alive. On this day, EL Dia de Los Muertos, I hope that we can all take time out
to remember those who have passed on, but have left an imprint in our
It may not even be someone we knew such as Haydee Santamaria, a freedom
fighter from Cuba, or El Hajj Malik El Shabbazz, also known as Malcolm X,
but they still touched us in one way or another.
I pause, with you, to honor those who have gone on and have enriched our
lives in so many precious ways.
I have enclosed a little information on Dia De Los Muertos from Latino.com.
Peace and Blessings to all.
Cesar A. Cruz -Teolol
- I remember my physical father and his passing.
- I remember my uncles and aunts who have passed on.
- I remember a high school friend, Jaime Villa, and his passing.
- I remember so many that have been gunned down in senseless street warfare.
- I remember so many victims of malnutrition, police violence, natural disasters, and lack of care.
- I remember so many political victims tortured.
- I remember the dead babies at U.S./Mexico border.
- I remember the dead from warfare (overt and covert).
- I remember.
El Dia de los Muertos: A Day to Remember
By Latino.com Staff (c)Latino.com
When the Spanish conquistadores landed in what is now Mexico more than
five centuries ago, they came across natives practicing a ritual that
seemed to poke fun at death.
It was a ritual the indigenous people had been practicing for at least
3,000 years -- a ritual the Spaniards would unsuccessfully attempt to
The ritual has come to be known as El Dia de los Muertos. The holiday is
a time when many Mexican families set up home altars dedicated to the
spirits of their deceased loved ones. Family members honor the dead with
ofrendas or offerings, which may consist of food and drink, photographs,
bread, flowers, toys and other symbolic items.
Unlike the Spaniards and many other Europeans who view death as the end
of life, the natives viewed it as the continuation of life. Instead of
being afraid of death, they embraced it.
But the Spaniards considered the ritual to be sacrilege and pagan. In
their attempts to convert the indigenous people to Catholicism, the
Spaniards tried to stop them from practicing their homage to the dead.
In an effort to make the ritual more Christian, the Spaniards made it
coincide with All Saints Day and All Souls Day (Nov. 1 and 2), which is
when it is celebrated today. Previously, honoring the deceased took place
during the ninth month of the Aztec solar calendar, approximately the
month of August.
Today, El Dia de los Muertos is celebrated in Mexico and in certain parts
of Central America and the United States. Children who have passed on,
referred to as angelitos, are remembered on the first day of November.
Adults are honored on Nov. 2.
In Mexico, people visit the cemetery where their loved ones are buried.
They decorate gravesites with marigold flowers and candles, and bring
toys for dead children and bottles of tequila to adults. They sit on
picnic blankets next to gravesites and eat the favorite food of their
loved ones and interact socially with other family and community members
who gather at the cemetery.
Cesar A Cruz - teolol