There is a deep sense that in Christ we are not sep­a­rated for­ever from those we have loved and lost

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those gone with the Day of the Dead.

It’s a mix­ture of in­dige­nous and catholic tra­di­tions with fam­i­lies vis­it­ing ceme­ter­ies to build al­tars for their de­parted mem­bers.

The al­tars are dec­o­rated with pho­tos and me­men­tos en­cour­ag­ing the holy souls to visit and lis­ten to the prayers and anec­dotes.

Some grave site vis­its in­clude danc­ing and fes­tiv­i­ties.

“What­ever el­e­ments of folk­lore have crept into these cel­e­bra­tions, there is a deep sense that in Christ we are not sep­a­rated for­ever from those we have loved and lost.

Je­sus wept for his friend Lazarus, but he also pro­claimed him­self as the res­ur­rec­tion and the life”. (Redemp­torist. ‘Liv­ing Word’).

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