At first glance, the practices and traditions of the Day(s) of the Dead may seem innocent. Families remember and honor their dead, and children learn from an early age not to fear death. A closer look, however, shows that the majority don't simply remember the dead.
|Cempazuchitl sold at a market|
On a drive to another state on Saturday, we saw fields upon fields of cempazuchitl flowers being cut by families, and many trucks filled with bundles of the flowers passed on the road.
|Small sugar figures for altars|
|A drama in the city square|
In the schools across the nation, students are required to bring in offerings to the dead. Those who do not bring offerings lose points on their grades. October 31st is a partial day of school, only for putting out the offerings on the altars. November 1st and 2nd are non-school days.
Please continue to pray along with us that these practices of calling on spirits and celebrating death can end. Pray that the people will be steeped in the life-giving power of Jesus.