Day of the Dead
The Day of the Dead is a public Mexican holiday that is festively celebrated in order to give honor and reverence to their dearly departed friends and family. This holiday is not localized to the Mexican culture. It is also acknowledged across the world in many different cultures with variations of name or style of celebration.
For example, in France it’s known as “All Souls Day”, and the more familiar “All Saints Day” is commonly celebrated in the United States amongst those of the Christian faith. In the West African Yoruba tradition ancestors are referred to as Egun. There is not a particular day or holiday specifically set aside to revere our Egun as this is simply acknowledged as a way of life and encouraged to do on a regular basis.
However, regardless of the difference in name or practice, these cultures all share the common intent of honoring their transitioned ancestors and friends with gifts, offerings, and affirmations. The key to the Day of the Dead is to gather in celebration as opposed to holding onto melancholy or somber feelings. This shift in consciousness helps us to see that they are not “gone”; but are in fact, still very much with us.
Our acknowledgment and reverence keeps their spirits alive and fosters a relationship of reciprocity. We give them what they need through gifts and offerings as they continue in their spiritual experience. They give us what we need via emotional comfort and spiritual guidance as we continue on in our human experience.
STORE DISCOUNTS & TIPS:
We at the Alpha Omega Store are offering you 15% off your entire purchase from 10/30/15 through 11/4/15 in honor of the Day of the Dead.
We carry various products that will aid you in communing with your transitioned friends and family including but not limited to:
- Shrine & Altar Book & DVD Kit
- Grasping the Root of Divine Power Book
- 7-Day Multi-Color Pillar Candles
These products serve as offerings and guidance on how to establish a shrine and altar, and how to commune with your spiritual allies.
Additionally, this also provides flexibility for those who are unable to visit their loved ones graves by establishing a shrine or altar for them in your very own sacred space.
So be joyful, be merry, and put your own spin on how you will celebrate The Day of the Dead.