Dia De Los Muertos
Due to COVID-19 we decided to postpone this indoor event.
ROSELAWN CEMETERY PLANS FOR 2021 DIA de los MUERTOS
Day of the Dead known in Spanish as El Dia de los Muertos is the unofficial but widely observed holiday with celebrations beginning October 31st and ending November 2nd. The annual Mexican holiday is celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. It is a holiday that focuses on remembering family and friends who have passed. It is celebrated with altars (ofrendas) to remember the dead and traditional dishes for Day of the Dead.
Common offerings are Pan de muerto, or bread of the dead, which is a typical sweet bread (pan dulce) often featuring anise seeds and decorated with bones and skulls made from the dough. The bones might be arranged in a circle, as the circle of life. Tiny dough teardrops symbolize sorrow.
The sugar skulls represent a departed soul, with the name written on the forehead and placed on the ofrenda or gravestone to honor the return of a particular spirit. Sugar skull art reflects the folk art style of big happy smiles, colorful icing and sparkly tin and glittery adornments.
Last year Roselawn Cemetery celebrated their first annual Day of the Dead in commemoration of many whose final resting place is Roselawn’s hallowed grounds. The commemoration took place in the Roselawn Chapel where families erected beautiful “ofrendas” in memory of their deceased loved ones and shared treasured memories and stories of their loved one’s lives.
Roselawn was planning the 2nd annual celebration of Day of the Dead and looking forward to including our community’s participation; however, unfortunately due to the COVID-19 restrictions and mandates the 2020 celebration has been postponed. We at Roselawn are hopeful and looking forward to once again celebrating Day of the Dead in 2021 as it is a wonderful way to celebrate the memories of our loved ones. Please plan to join us next year when we once again can gather share family stories, fun times and lessons learned – not how the person died, but how they lived.