Many of us think that the holiday and traditions of Halloween we have come to celebrate and love have some relation to the Mexican custom of the Día de Muertos — the Day of the Dead — and yes there are similarities such as the depictions and personification related to death and celebrations and festivities taking place on October 31st, however, the customs have different origin and attitudes on death. For instance with Halloween we associate the holiday with a fear of death. But in the Día de Muertos, death or the memories of those who have died, is something to be celebrated. These celebrations begin at midnight on October 31st and continue till November 2nd.
Specifics of the celebration vary with region, but one of the most common customs is the making of elaborate altars to welcome departed spirits home. Vigils are held, and families often go to cemeteries to fix up the graves of their departed relatives. Typically skulls decorate alters to symbolize death and rebirth as well as marigolds, which is a traditional flower associated with the dead and believed to represent the rays of the sun, which is linked with life so the deceased have not lost their place in the universe.
For today’s mediation settle into the intention to honor friends, family and loved ones you have lost. Take the time to celebrate their soul and all the joy they have brought to your life. This can be done with one specific person in mind or as a collective intention to honor the deceased in general. Over the next two days use your meditations to bring forth light and love on lives lost and perhaps set up an alter with pictures, marigolds and candles as a means to celebrate life, especially the life of lost loved ones.