Learn the significance of the Day of the Dead

By Robin Loving Rowland

El Día de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico in which families and friends gather in remembrance of their dearly departed on November 1 and 2 in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. In most regions of Mexico, November 1 is to honor children and infants, whereas deceased adults are honored on November 2. November 1 is therefore known as Día de los Inocentes (Day of the Innocents) and Día de los Angelitos (Day of the Little Angels), and November 2 as Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead.

Rotary Club presentation
“The Significance of the Day of the Dead”
Tue, Oct 22, 12:30pm
Hotel Real de Minas
Ancha de San Antonio at Stirling Dickenson

Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased, and visiting graves with gifts. The intent is to encourage visits by the souls, so the souls will hear the prayers and the comments of the living directed to them.

When did this begin?
What is the symbolism behind the altar decorations?
How are we as observers to act?

These questions and more will be answered by History Professor Hector Mauricio Sanson Lozano when he presents The Significance of the Day of the Dead at Rotary Tuesday, October 22, at 12:30pm at Hotel Real de Minas at the corner of Ancha de San Antonio  and Stirling Dickinson. The presentation will be free.

Rotary unites leaders from all countries, cultures and occupations to exchange ideas and take action for communities around the world. For more information, contact President Lee Carter at leecarco@gmail.com.


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