• Carmen Medrano

Noche De Altares

Dia De Muertos is a day when the veil gets thin between the living and the dead. Life and death are blurred and we celebrate in acceptance of our mortality, which liberates us from the fear of death. The only guarantee in life is that you will die, so it is important to celebrate life and the life of those who have passed.

This celebration is pre-Hispanic and dates back over 3000 years. Currently the holiday and festival is a mix of Christianity and Mesoamerican. In the fall it is believed that life and death coexist and the dead can visit the living. It is believed that death is an accession of consciousness. Catholics have infused their religious beliefs into the celebration. Catholics celebrate All Saints Day on November 1st and All Souls Day on November 2nd which coincide with Dia De Los Angelitos and Dia De Los Muertos. Dia De Los Angelitos is dedicated to children and infants that have passed.

Dia De Los Muertos is not meant to be a somber affair, but a joyous one. It is a celebration of life. It is a time to honor and remember those that we have loss, loved, and the acceptance of death and a liberation of fear.

This year is going to be the first year Taos Wildflower and Coyote Moon will be sharing Noche De Altare’s at the John Dunn Shops October 29th 5:30-8:30pm. There will be a community alter and we encourage people to bring a candle and picture of a loved one who has passed that they would like to celebrate. An explanation will be given of what an altar is, what items are put an altar and why. Don't arrive too late Izcalli en Nanantzin will be honoring the deep seeded tradition with dance at 6pm. We are looking forward to celebrating this beautiful tradition with the Town of Taos.


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