Friday, November 1, 2019
6 pm potluck with fire to follow.
For those who choose to set an altar, arrive between 4 – 6 pm.
RSVP requested – email@example.com
Please join us for this traditional celebration in which we remember our loved ones who have passed. A small act of respect can open a doorway to healing in unexpected ways.
This ceremony and celebration is led by local people initiated in the Nahua weather working tradition originating from the central Mexican Highlands. They are called Quiatlzques (women) and Quiapaquiz (men). In the Nahua tradition people celebrate their ancestors each November 1st, the Day of the Dead. Honoring the ancestors and receiving their wisdom has proven beneficial for people across time and cultures.
Whom do we honor?
If you wish to honor a family member or close friend (as close as a family member) who has died, you may place items (see below) for them on the altar. All honorees must be adults who have died prior to November 1, 2018.
How do we honor them?
Bring a photo of your beloved to place on the altar. You may also bring a sampling of their favorite food and miniature representations of a passion or hobby of theirs. For example, bring a matchbox car of their favorite car.
What time to arrive?
The altar will be open to receive items between 4:00-6:00 pm on Friday, November 1st. If you arrive after 6:00 pm you may join us for a potluck dinner and fire afterwards.
What happens to the items placed on the altar?
The items you place will remain until the morning of Sunday,
November 3rd. After the altar is formally closed (10 am), you will gather
your photos, miniature objects, and dishes. These altar items should be
boxed up and re-used only on the Day of the Dead. The use of compostable
dishes is fine. All food will be disposed of when the altar is closed. If
you are unable to be present Sunday morning, you must make arrangements in
advance to collect your items. No items will be held overnight.
Everyone is welcome but please RSVP
You are welcome to come to the potluck and spend time around the fire without placing items on the altar. We need to know if you are coming so the space can be prepared as needed.
RSVP by October 30 to Andy Weatherly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your help is needed:
We need your help to create this community event. When you RSVP, please indicate if you can help with set up on Friday or clean up on Sunday.
Donations to defray costs and support the Council House will
be joyfully accepted.