Honouring the departed with an abundant alter
November 1st, 2019
Dear Friends of Atzin and Tlamacazapa,
Today is the Day of the Dead here in Mexico when departed loved ones are remembered with ofrendas, special alters that are set up in homes to celebrate their lives and acknowledge their passing from this world. The ofrenda is adorned with candles, photos, cempasúchil (tall marigolds), flor de terciopelo (velvet flower), fruit, favourite foods, and delicious pan de muerto (bread of the dead). People await the spirits of their loved ones who will gently visit during the night. Today and tomorrow, families form a steady stream into the cemeteries, cleaning the grave sites, and placing incense and flowers. Many will share a meal while others play guitars and offer songs to their departed. The smoke and smell of copal hovers like a light fog over everyone present.
Among the Atzin staff and families in Tlamacazapa, we have lost many this past year, and while this loss has taken its toll on everyone, now is a time to remember them. In Mexico and across the Americas, people are again engaged in fierce struggles against inequality, racism and ecological degradation, with the deaths of students, environmental activists, immigrant children escaping violence and acute poverty, and those protesting unfair prices and privatization. The celebration of the Day of the Dead is an act that honours death, life and resistance. Especially today, sorrow about loss is held simultaneously with a determination to hold on tight to a spirited dream of a bountiful future for the living. Your support helps us to hold on tight.
Abrazos fuertes to everyone.
Gratefully as always,