Sunday, November 2, 2008

Giorno dei Morti

Since Currier was born in Italy, we want him to grow up with a couple of Italian traditions. One of the traditions that we decided to bring back to America with us is "Giorno dei Morti" or "Day of the Dead". Today, Italians remember their dead ancestors and visit their graves with flowers and candles. In the morning, children find presents brought to them by the dead. This tradition is a way of keeping the memory of the dead alive. Rather than fear death, Italians embrace the circle of life by passing on the connection with their ancestors to their children. This morning, Currier woke to find this goody bag on his bedroom doorknob. He screamed in delight when he opened it and found two little airplanes and a Reese's Peanut Buttercup from his ancestors. Don't you wish dead people would bring you toys and candy?

2 comments:

michelle of bleeding espresso said...

That's so sweet! I really wish my ancestors (living or dead) would leave me some Reese's peanut butter cups....

Hah! The word verification is "oopsa." I think I'm going to say that from now on instead of "uffa" :)

Coleen said...

Yeah, who wouldn't want to wake up to chocolate and peanut butter on their doorknob!?