Did you know that November 2nd is the day when Día de los Muertos is celebrated? You would if you’ve visited Google today because the doodle for today honours the holiday.
In their words:
Day of the Dead (or El Día de los Muertos) is an ancient holiday dating back thousands of years to the Aztec Empire. In its essence, it’s a joyous occasion that’s about dispelling fear and embracing the cycle of life.
I love the idea of honouring those who have gone before us in celebration and revelry and prayer. It’s a nice move away from mourning and sadness we are so used to attaching to death.
Stylized calacas and calaveras (skeletons and skulls) are a pretty popular find right now and are easily available on apparel and even home decor. I know because they are among my favourite images. I regularly sport a sugar skull purse from Loungefly and rock a brightly coloured scarf with a similar print. I also fell in love with this painting last year and I swear that someday it’ll be mine. (It’s huge and would take up our entire dining room wall and I don’t even care.)
I’m heading to the Canucks game tonight and I was surprised and excited to find out that they are hosting a different cultural celebration tonight: Diwali.
The news inspired me to dig in my archives to find and republish the post that I wrote about Diwali just over five years ago.
In short, Diwali is the Festival of Lights celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains the world over. It symbolizes victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. This year it occurs on Wednesday, November 7th. As part of tonight’s festivities there will be henna stations, food sampling, art demonstrations and painting diyas (oil lamps.) Super fun!
If there’s one thing I love Vancouver for, it’s the truly international embrace of all people and their cultures. I enjoy learning about and observing different holidays throughout the year and I love when businesses embrace these opportunities.
Which holidays from other cultures do you take time to celebrate?