100 Ideas | Week Thirteen

+ Paul McMillan

This week I chose the idea: Research a celebration ritual from another culture.
I am really fascinated by Mexican culture and iconography - so I thought I'd do a bit of research about the Dia de los Muertos/Day Of The Dead. I pretty much only know the basics of this celebration and I'd love to be a bit more enlightened on the subject.

The Basics:
The Day of the Dead is a Spanish holiday celebrated in Mexico and other countries. The celebration on November 1st - 2nd brings family and friends together to gather and focus on lost loved ones. Those celebrating the Day of the Dead often build private altars honouring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, favourite food and beverages and items belonging to the loved one and and visit the graves of the departed with these gifts. The intent of the celebration is to connect with the souls of the dead, hoping that they will hear they're prayers and answer them with guidance. Celebrations can often take a humorous tone, as those who celebrate remember funny events and anecdotes about their departed loved ones.

Can you add anything to my research? Is there a particular celebration ritual from another culture that fascinates you?