November 1, Dia de los Muertos – the Mexican tradition of honoring deceased family members – has been getting more and more popular in the U.S.
Is it a result of the American love of scary things? The beautifully painted skulls? Is America’s great melting pot starting to accept Mexican traditions? Who can really say?
For me, it’s a little of all of that. It’s also a nod to my wife’s Mexican heritage.
This photo was taken at the Springs Preserve – an outdoor nature park in Las Vegas. Each year, families set up alters to honor their dead. As people walk through the grounds and stop at the different alters, the families are quick to tell you about the deeds and heroics of their honored deceased. It’s an incredible and humbling experience – almost like a funeral eulogy given once a year, instead of just once.
As we make our way through halloween this year, maybe we should all take a moment in the midst of our sugar buzz and think about how we would honor our loved ones – what would you tell a complete stranger about someone you loved?
Feliz Dia de los Muertos, everyone!