Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween & Dia de los Muertos


Happy Halloween everyone!!! :)

This is my favorite holiday! I love the change in seasons and the fun of spooky thrills and costumes...

In San Diego, when the calendar changes to October, you also start to see skull sugar cookies… And skeletons posed in all fashions of life, playing in a band, dancing, etc. 

Dia de los Muertos is the holiday celebrating ancestors who have passed away.  On November 1st the veil between the living and the dead is thinned, and we celebrate with them. 

But these aren’t scary Halloween-type ghouls.



Dia de los Muertos is actually a joyous celebration for loved ones who have passed away.  On the evening of November 1st, candles are left at gravesites to remember loved ones. It’s a beautiful, moving event to behold. 
In my novel, Night Walker, Calisto waited over 200 years for his one love to live again. Their paths finally cross on the night of Dia de los Muertos as Calisto is leaving his offering of flowers in memory of his lost love.
Setting the opening of the book during the Dia de los Muertos celebration seemed like the perfect spot for Kate and Calisto to cross paths. During this one night a year, the veil between the living and the dead is blurred, and instead of being a time of mourning, it’s a time to remember and celebrate…
Do you have any international holidays you recognize?  I’d love to hear!

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