Today is DÍa de los Muertos and some of our league members will be celebrating the lives of their departed loved ones. The Junior League of Charlottesville is thrilled to celebrate the diversity in our league and celebrate along side them.
The JLC remembers the wonderful ladies of our league that we miss dearly. We continue to cherish the memory of their lives and their impact on our community.
Here are some great "did you knows" about this wonderful holiday:
It’s not “Halloween” and it’s not scary. DÍa de los Muertos is a day where people gather and remember the friends and family that have embarked onto the next cycle of life, the afterlife. While death can be a tough subject, this day is a reminder that death is nothing to be afraid of.
Every decoration, color and item on the altars have a meaning. Yellow represents the sun and unity- under the sun- we are all the same! White depicts the spirit and purity. Red represents the blood of life. Purple is for the feeling of mourning that still remains in the hearts of those living. Pink is for the happiness that takes hold when a memory of a loved one makes you smile.
The flowers that are used are marigolds. It is believed that the scent of the marigold flower leads the spirits of our loved ones back from their resting place to the homes of their family members. The sugar skulls are not there to scare or to be morbid, they are there to represent the cyclicality of life as we know it. Lastly, you will sometimes see butterflies, specifically the Monarch. They represent the souls of the departed.
Candles are lit to light the way home. ¡Feliz Día de los Muertos!
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