Día de los Muertos
(Day of the Dead or All Souls Day)
On November 1 & 2, there will be an explosion of color, sugar candy skulls, and “Day of the Bread” bread for sale everywhere! Street parades, parties, singing, dancing, and costumes and makeup make these days so fun. The cemeteries are overrun with flower-selling stands and people buying and bringing flowers to their deceased loved ones.
It’s a time when families demonstrate love and respect to their deceased loved ones by building an altar in their home, or garage or sidewalk, so that the spirit of the family member can temporarily return to Earth. The altar consists of yellow and orange marigolds, pictures of the family member, and many of their favorite items and foods.
We’ve talked with many people who have built these altars at their homes, in hopes that their family member will visit on November 1 or 2. Many say the foods they left out were missing the next morning, so they believe their loved one returned. The Catholic churches in Mexico endorse this false spiritual belief.
Please pray for the people to come to know the only ONE, Jesus, who can bring peace for them, and give them eternity in heaven.