This year, we are celebrating a new family tradition. Día de los Inocentes or The Day of the Innocents. It’s the first day, which there are 3, of The Day of the Dead. It begins on November 1st. We’ll be celebrating Day of the Dead as well on November 2nd.
I never knew much about the holiday itself, other than it was from Mexico and involved a lot of sweets and skulls. Growing up in a small, very white, farming community, we didn’t learn many things out of our own ‘culture’. But come to find out, it’s a super sweet Mexican holiday that focuses on gathering family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have passed.
Last year, a friend of mine asked if she and her family could include Jorai in their Day of the Dead celebrations and it was then, that I really learned what it is. And I thought, how brilliant! Not only do we have another opportunity to remember and share our daughters lives with our son(s), but we’ll have opportunities to share other loved ones lives with them as well. Both of Steve and my grandparents of passed, I have an uncle that passed at an early age, my mom lost a sister at birth, I’ve lost a dear friend to suicide…the list goes on and on…unfortunately. But what a cool thing to have a celebration of their lives as well as share their lives with 1, hopefully 2, amazing little boys who will never get a chance to meet them here on this earth.
I have a month to plan our festivities. I need to get some pictures together and a decision on a cake or cupcakes…but I’m trying to think of what else. Do any of you have traditions for Día de los Inocentes and Muertos?