It started before I moved to Los Angeles but it wasn’t long after moving, that I really began to feel a bit obsessed with the concept of Día de Muertos
. Which occurs annually around the same time as Halloween and is therefore often confused with it; but which is not the same at all, more on that later on.
I realize now that it is tied to my coping with loss. My need to concentrate on celebrating the life and love I felt for those who have gone, rather than on the gaping hole a loved one’s departure can leave.
Because at its core, at least from what I’ve experienced now attending events and talking to those who observe this tradition, I would tell you that Día de Muertos is a celebration.