11/01/2013

An Offering

Una de mis tradiciones favoritas es el Día de Muertos y hoy quiero hablar de la mejor parte: las ofrendas.

Como creemos que la visita de las ánimas no es "mala" o algo de lo que espantarnos, es nuestra obligación -en cierto sentido- asegurarnos de que las almas de nuestros seres queridos lleguen al lugar correcto.

De ahí las ofrendas, decoradas con fotos de nuestros muertos, flores, agua y bebidas, sus alimentos favoritos, calaveras de azúcar o chocolate, sal, incienso y papel picado. Pueden ser tan elaboradas o tan sencillas como queramos, el chiste es tener una.

La que pusimos este año en la casa es bastante sencilla, pero me dio gusto buscar los objetos y colores, así como las fotos de mi abuela, tía abuela y bisabuelo.

¿Cuál es su tradición favorita?





One of my favorite traditions here in Mexico, which has gained notoriety abroad, is the Day of the Dead. I'll write more about where it comes from and what it all means next week, but right now I want to write about the bit I love the most: the offerings.

We believe that the souls of the dead return on the night of November 1st to pay us a visit. Unlike European and North American traditions, however, we don't see this as scary or "bad". Quite the opposite. It's just a visit, and it's our obligation to make sure the souls arrive to the right place to see how their loved ones are doing.

Thus, we set offerings in our homes with pictures of our loved ones who have left, marigolds, water and their favorite drinks for thirst, bits of their favorite foods for hunger, sugar or chocolate skulls, a bit of salt, incense, and cut-out colored paper. The offerings can be as elaborate or as simple as you want; the point is to have one.

Ours is pretty simple, but we had a good time looking for what we wanted to include and choosing the pictures of my grandmother, great-aunt, and great-grandfather.

What's your favorite tradition?










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