BUILD A DAY OF THE DEAD ALTAR
We heart Halloween as much as the next girl. But this year, after we retire our costumes and consume our candy, we’re going to keep the party going by turning our attention to Día de los Muertos, a Mexican celebration in which people lovingly honor friends and relatives who have passed away.
While it sounds like a tradition that might require a jumbo box of Kleenex and heartache, the spirit of the occasion is more about blessing the people we care about that are no longer with us. It’s also about viewing death as a peaceful, not dreadful thing. (A perspective Empiress Caitlin Doughty is pushing more and more Americans to see.)
Get into the spirit on November 1 and 2 by setting up an altar, as many revelers do, to honor people in your life who have passed. Or put your own spin on the concept by arranging an altar with similar symbolism, directed instead at where you are in your life, and more importantly where you want to be. Decorate your alter with items that resemble strength, nourishment, health and abundance. No matter how you play it, the act of building an altar will help take your focus away from the annual slut costume debate, sugar overload and other holiday hype and place it on the stuff that really matters: you and yours.
Here are a few things to help get you started: