*DISCLAIMER – I AM NOT SUGGESTING THAT ANYONE ATTEMPT SELF SUICIDE -IN FACT THIS POST’S MESSAGE IS COMPLETELY THE OPPOSITE*
SECRET TO HAPPINESS: Embrace your mortality
TRADITION: Dia de Muertos ( day of the dead)
DATE: 1st and 2nd of November
CELEBRATED IN: Mexico
Death- the greatest paradox of all. We know it will happen to us all but we don’t know what will happen after. What a topic for Monday morning! Maybe it is apt, you may feel like death today. Jokes aside. A lot of us a petrified of the unknown. Fear stops us from moving forward and letting go.
Maybe some of you have not given much thought about your own mortality but I am sure that you have thought about losing people you love. I have and it terrifies me. I don’t know how I will be able to live when my own mother or father dies. Thoughts like these – can cause anxiety and depression which leaves no space for us to enjoy life.
Us humans are a resourceful bunch and have invented beliefs and faiths about what awaits us when we leave our mortal body.
Today the spinning globe makes a pit stop at mexico. Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos.
The origin of this festival started way back – pre Hispanic times. The tradition carried on to the present day is that death and life are parallel. When a person dies they are not lost but can come back and visit their earth home as ghosts.
These ghosts are welcomed by Mexico’s earth dwellers. Tempted by offerings of candles, food, flowers and the opportunity to celebrate with their family and friends.
After the feast – there is a mass trip to the cemetery to clean up relatives graves and re -decorate them. The event is a happy one. It is not morbid and sad.
There is usually a parade of inflated life size costumes of skeletons with smiling faces ready to party. They get into the groove with a little help from Mexico’s very own professional ensemble of musical artistes known as the MARIACHI BAND. There are fun fair rides for children and adults alike. Shops sell cakes in the shapes of skulls,coffins and skeleton . What a wonderful way to help children grow up not fearing the idea of death.
MESSAGE: No, we don’t all believe in the after life but what an awesome way to give your deceased loved ones the greatest send off. It is a way of remembering your loved ones and in turn you will not being forgotten. APPRECIATE THE DAYS YOU HAVE LEFT IN THIS LIFE! Death must not be feared. It should be seen as the ultimate act of true FREEDOM.
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