Do you have your costume?
From the Deacon's Bench: The Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, honors departed souls of loved ones who are welcomed back for a few intimate hours. At burial sites or intricately built altars, photos of loved ones are centered on skeleton figurines, bright decorations, candles, candy and other offerings such as the favorite foods of the departed. Pre-Columbian in origin, many of the themes and rituals now are mixtures of indigenous practices and Roman Catholicism.
The holiday is celebrated in Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil and parts of Ecuador.
When I visited Tblisi in the Republic of Georgia over the All Saints and All Soul's Holy Days about 12 years ago, I went with the pastor and parishioners of Saints Peter and Paul Church to the cemetery to pray the rosary. I was struck by the fact that the Russian and Georgian Orthodox had picnic tables by the graves and left food for the dead especially on these days. The Latin Rite Polish pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul did not care much for the Orthodox custom and criticized it to me. But I thought it was cool. So much for 1970's seminary education I guess.
This is how we celebrate the Day of the Dead in Macon, GA: