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at the 5 Points Fountain in Columbia, SC
Imagine the look on my family’s face last year when I suggested we start a new family tradition - an annual feast to honor the dead. Now I will tell you our children are twenty-somethings, our son married to a beautiful (inside and out) bright spirited young woman, our daughter in graduate school with a terrifically accepting boyfriend. My son’s left eyebrow cocked upwards as it does when he hears something a bit outlandish, but my family is rather used to this. Over ten years ago, when I had returned from India, that Easter, in the mountains of North Carolina, we created prayer puja boats and floated them down a river. The church nearby had just let out and the preacher eyed us bending down at the adjacent river and yes, he marched right over and questioned our actions and motives. I, as a southern woman, was very diplomatic. My family knows me and they are good team players. This Sunday we will have our second annual feast.
This year's fifth annual Autumn Remembrance will be held Saturday, October 30 through Tuesday, November 2 at the fountain in 5 Points.
It will be available to the community day & night. You are invited to bring a candle, a flower, a photograph or an object symbolic of your loss and add it to our altar. It is my hope this community remembrance will assuage and comfort while deepening your awareness and acceptance of the mysteries of life.
My Memories of Day of the Dead in Oaxaca:
Pungent bitter sweet marigolds
Yeasty braided breads cooking
Spicy rich chocolate moles simmering
Smokey pine copal incense
Flowers, riotous and vibrant in color
Candies skulls and bones and skeletons…
Plastic table cloths, brightly patterned
Altars everywhere laddened with photographs, food, liquor, beer, cigarettes….
Graveyards filled with spend the night guests, drinking, dancing, feasting…sharing stories, poignant and real...