People who know me well know that I am a fairly extroverted, sociable person. I love to spend time with family and friends, go out and share experiences. The autumn harvest, complete with fruit picking and hayrides, is a season I find beautiful. I also get excited about most holidays and can invent an excuse to have a nice time, even buying the teeshirt – and, well, I service the event industry! 🙂
However, the one “holiday” that I really can’t abide is Halloween. It’s not primarily for religious reasons, or because I’m a party pooper (at all). It’s just that I generally cannot stand zombies, Frankensteins, Nightmares on Elm Street, Chuckie, demon possessions, etcetera, etcetera. In short, I dislike what Halloween has come to represent in the same way I abhor thrillers and horror films, if that makes sense. It perpetuates a spirit of fear.
There is a holiday that I would celebrate instead. In Mexico and other Latin American countries, it’s called el Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). According to a descriptive article from National Geographic, this feast is celebrated each year during November 1-2 and honors the beloved departed with food, drink, and a celebration both of their lives and of death as part of the life cycle. Pretty special, right?
As with many things, Halloween has become too grotesque and commercialized for my liking, but honoring the souls of my beloved deceased would be something I embrace. What are your family traditions? Do you do Halloween, el Dia de los Muertos or something else? I’d love to hear your comments and thoughts!