Fall is in full colour and Halloween will soon be here. Costumes and candy are fun, but another special celebration for the same day may have deeper significance for our personal development and the larger aspects of our lives: The Day of the Dead.
The Day of the Dead (or Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday, in which Mexicans celebrate and honour their deceased ancestors and loved ones. It isn’t a day for grieving, but rather is believed to be a time for the souls of the deceased person to visit and celebrate with them. The Day of the Dead was originally celebrated at the beginning of summer, but after the colonization of Mexico by the Spanish, the celebration was changed to align with the catholic celebration of Allhallowtide on November 1. The oldest form of the Day of the Dead is believed to have been first celebrated in 2,500 – 3,000 BC.
The Celebration begins on October 31, when children make a children’s altar to invite the souls of other children to visit. On November 1st, the souls of adults come to visit. Finally, on November 2, the most well known part of the celebration begins, when families go to the cemetery to decorate the graves and tombs of their relatives. The three day festival is filled with marigolds (the flowers of the dead); muertos (the bread of the dead); sugar skulls; cardboard skeletons; tissue paper decorations; fruit and nuts; incense, and other traditional foods and decorations.
Over the Halloween weekend (Oct 30 – Nov 1) we will pause to remember our deceased loved ones with story telling and feasting. The death of people we love is one of the great wounds of life. With this in mind, The Day of the Dead retreat is a weekend for you to remember, share, celebrate and honour deceased loved ones.
Attend this retreat with someone in mind to honour. Bring photos, mementos, favourite foods and stories to share with others and create an altar. The weekend will include meditation and yoga classes, our ever scrumptious food, and a cozy cabin all within the backdrop of the transition of fall, allowing time to decompress and return home refreshed.
Find the retreat details here for this unique weekend retreat.