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Reflection by Edgar Cahn

The Day of the Dead is a collective denial of mortality.  It is joyous.  It honors and celebrates the past journey through the lives of those we love. It begins with a procession that ends at an altar where treasured mementos awaken remembrance of those who have passed.

The children are the real center of the day.  This day celebrates in its own way a turning planet that revolves unendingly around the sun. In reviving and honoring the past through a tradition brought from Mexico, it celebrates the future. The Day of the Dead affirms identities: past, present, and future. Children’s faces are painted. Mexican snacks are works of culinary artistry. The streets and the entire neighborhood surrounding the Phinney Center come alive with small stalls. Exchanges of all kinds bubble up. Different programs go on display: the farmers market, pre-school programs, a hot meal program, visits to senior centers by the children, a book exchange, beer tasting, and seniors and kids teaching each other the newest digital technology.

The TimeBank is at the heart of the Day of the Dead. The TimeBank exemplifies a spirit of pride.  Pride goes into preparing the most delicious Mexican food. A neighborhood celebrates what community really means. And funds are raised by a raffle and silent auction for the Spanish-language preschool co-op.

The Day of the Dead is a day of life – past, present, and future. Who can say on this day that the dead are dead when they live on and on and on in this way?