Yes, we we’re married on November 2, 2001. We actually never knew about the celebration of the ‘Dead, until some of our guests decided to bring us a few ‘Party Favors of their own for the Dead and the Newly Wed.
With all respect, if I had known about the ‘Day of the Dead – I would have chosen a different date. Marrying a ‘Mortician takes careful planning to begin with. Everyone was pressuring us to ‘Pick a date. Like we were running out of time or something?’ We did have nine years to think about it…but jeez! My Dad was especially anxious, “You gonna Marry this ‘Undertaker before I DIE?” Between you and me, I think he was trying to secure the family discount.
One thing I’ve learned, is that God doesn’t always work on our time table. In fact, he rarely does. But, in a single moment, God can change your ‘Life. So we ‘Celebrate in this fashion…
All Saints’ Day Nov 1st is observed by bringing special offerings made on this day. Some of our friends and family bring flowers to the graves of dead relatives and light candles on top of visiting graves of deceased relatives. Others visit graves of deceased relatives and clean or repair them. Then off to the Church Service.
All Souls’ Day Nov 2nd is a day of prayer for deceased souls. Many people visit cemeteries where their loved ones are buried. Some cemeteries offer candles to be placed on these graves. The candles are blessed and marked with the names of the deceased to be placed at the designated grave sites. The Catholic Church remembers deceased members of the congregation on this day.
Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) Nov 2ndis celebrated in many parts of the United States, particularly where there are large Latin American communities. Neighborhoods form festivals, parades and group celebrations held on November 1-2 to coincide with All Souls’ Day and All Saints’ Day. During these celebrations people wear masks, carry signs, or put up elaborate decorations to honor the dead.
Our Wedding Anniversary is November 2nd, and we chose to celebrate our day…along with the rest of these unusual anniversaries.
Totally in a non-traditional form of course.