Mexicans understand a beautiful simple truth about life - it is good to stay close to your "muertos". It's a good thing to continue to remember them, learn from them and share your feelings with them. It's good to teach your children how to express their love as much as it is to reassure aging folks that they won't be forgotten.
I feel very fortunate to have fallen in love with this holiday that is so generously shared with us by our friends south of the border. Most people will never be able to visit Oaxaca, Michoacan or Veracruz, or sit in a candlelit cemetery as the gates to heaven open at midnight to allow the spirits to reunite with their families here on earth.
As Day of the Dead grows in popularity around the world, it will morph and twist a bit. It may be commercialized & hijacked by big-box holiday makers. But the true lovers of Day of the Dead will keep the faith and magic central, and honoring their loved ones will remain the essence of the holiday.
Warm wishes to you and your "muertos"!
Angela Villalba & all of us here at