All Souls Day
(2nd November 2007)
This past November, McKayla's Class celebrated all Souls Day. Her class asked me to suggest some of her favorite foods.
I sent in two of her favorites ... Creamy Broccoli Bake and Apple Pie. She absolutely loved both ....
Here is a history about All Soul's Day!
"Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come." Death is not the end of a journey but the beginning of a new one. Even long after our loved ones have departed for their heavenly abode, we continue to feel their presence and their reassuring hands on our shoulders.
Many customs are associated with The Day of the Dead celebration. In the home an altar is made with an offering of the deceased favorite food that is laid upon it. It is believed that the dead partake of the food in spirit and the living eat it later. The ofrendas (offerings) are beautifully arranged with flowers such as marigolds (zempasuchitl), which are the traditional flower of the dead. There is a candle placed for each dead soul, and they are adorned in some manner. Incense is also often used, and mementos, photos, and other remembrances of the dead also adorn the ofrenda.
All Soul's Day lives on today, particularly in Mexico, where All Hallows' Eve, All Saint's Day and All Soul's Day are collectively observed as "Los Dias de los Muertos" (The Days of the Dead). First and foremost, the Days of the Dead is a time when families fondly remember the deceased.