Honoring the ancestors on the day of the dead

Carrie JordanShamanism

Halloween is coming up at the end of this week, the day of the year when the veil between the worlds is the thinnest! It is a magical day and people celebrate it all over the world.

The Celts celebrate it as Samhain, Mexicans and Central American and South American countries celebrate the Day of the Dead, Filipinos celebrate All Saints Day, and Europeans celebrate it as well.

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Dressing up to represent the other dimensions, leaving milk on your windowsills, and leaving offerings of pumpkins, squash, corn, and marigolds for the ancestors are all beautiful ways to celebrate!

One of my favorite ways to prepare for Halloween is to build an altar to honor my ancestors. I include seasonal plant medicine like pumpkin and marigold, candles, things that used to belong to my ancestors or that they gifted to me, and photographs of my ancestors.

Each time I pass by my altar I make a little prayer and feel connected to them.

Have you built an altar? The ancestors will be happy with any way we can honor them or show them that we are listening and we remember them.