Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Offerenda



Our graveyard is a magical place,
please respect the inhabitants


October 31 - November 2

All Hallow's Eve
Halloween
All Saints, Ognissanti
All Souls, ψυχοσάββατο
Los Dias de los Muertos
Los Dias de les Angelitos
Samhain
Festival of the Dead




Summer's end, end of the harvest,
beginning of the darker half of the year..






Packing the tools we need, we head out to the graveyard,
brushes to scrub, flowers to plant,
each family grave trimmed back, cleared, scrubbed
preparing the earth in honour of life




For who can say who will be back to visit us this All Hallow's Eve?




We leave trinkets and photos, flowers and amulets,
honouring the souls of those who have gone before us



Those whose lives have lead a path to ours,



those who are alive in our memories,



Each year we refresh the family stories, laugh at days gone by




and ultimately celebrate the mystery of death,
toward which we all inevitably march

We honour lives and memories..




for what is life if we cannot laugh at ourselves?




The cycle of life ultimately beyond our control!





si la muerte te sorbe el coco,

haste p...a un lado y baila el jarabe loco!




Throw up you arms, join in the parade!
There is much to celebrate in the graveyard tonight!



Enchanters cackle, vampires wail
the good witch spins her fairy tale,



bats, forest owls, a harvest moon
long shadows, faerie mischief and ancient rune



There is SO much to celebrate
in the graveyard tonight!



Drawing on traditions from many cultures, Halloween has become for us, a time to celebrate the cycle of life..


We invite you to remember
your friends and family who have died
by adding them to our Shrine To Honour The Dead
in the comments box below

 




linking too:
the Art of Remembering recuerda mi corazon

2 comments:

  1. Lovely post Lenora.......so important to laugh and remember the good times! At this time I find that certain old friends and relatives become more present than others. Thank you for sharing.

    Happy weekend!
    Ruby

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