My friend, the Plant Whisperer, and I are planning on hosting the 3rd Annual Dia de los Muertos celebration this year on November 2nd.
I do not decorate my home at Halloween with ghouls, goblins, witches or monsters - instead, I take a page from the local Latinos here in Santa Ana and build an ofrenda, which is the traditional altar for Day of the Dead, to honor and remember my loved ones. And let me tell you, the folks that come by to trick-or-treat love it!
If you find yourself in Santa Ana on the night of November 2nd, consider this an invitation to stop bye - and don't forget to bring your loved one along. Annual attendees include my Dad and my Mother-in-Law, my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, the unborn - and past honorees have included Steve Irwin, Country Dick Montana, Johnny Cochrane, Ronald Reagan, Freda Kahlo, and Mother Teresa.
And if you shaking your head because you don't know what this is all about, I encourage you to visit www.azcentral.com/ent/dead for more information. Day of the Dead - Dia de los Muertos - is meant to be a happy and fun celebration that honors those who have passed away to the next life. La vida es el muertos es la vida - death is never final, and this not only allows us to honor people, but thumb our noses at Death, safe in the knowledge that we have the Way to Eternal Life.