You’ve seen the sugar skulls and people wearing skull makeup, but do you know what it means?
Today—November 1st—is Dia de los Muertos, which translates to “Day of the Dead.”
Rooted in tradition dating back to the time of the Aztecs, modern hispanics make altars at their homes and visit cemeteries to bring festive food offerings, flowers, and candles to celebrate the lives of loved ones who’ve passed away.
Why not spend a few minutes today journaling about someone you loved who’s no longer living?
Here are some prompts to get you started:
- What is your favorite memory of them?
- What was something they said, some advice or encouragement, that you still carry with you?
- What do you miss most about them?
- If you could speak to them one more time, what would you say?
One of the biggest fears most people have is that they’ll be forgotten once they’re gone, almost like they’d never existed.
By taking some time to journal about your loved one’s life and your relationship with them—if only for a single page—you’ll honor them by keeping their memory alive.5