Day of the Dead is celebrated on Nov. 1 & 2 in Latin America.
The tradition can be traced back to the pe-Conquest Aztecs. Offerings were made to welcome the souls of the dead; their favourite food, alcohol,tobacco and sugar skulls. Candles were lit to show them the way.
Decorations of yellow marigolds and harvest vegetables symbolized death.
On Sunday November 1, we will be creating an altar on the sidewalk outside
the Listening Post on Main Street, at the northeast corner of the
intersection with Hastings.
From 2:00 – 5:00 in the afternoon, people passing by are invited to stop
and honour their dead loved ones by lighting a candle. Our ancestors
believed at this time of year their souls return to visit us.
The Listening Post is at 382 Main St. Hasta la vista.
– Diane Wood
Opening in December 2000, The Listening Post has been a quiet welcoming space on the corner of Main and Hastings. The centre was born out of a need for a neighbourhood place where community members can find a listening ear; tend to their spiritual journey in their own way; are not seen as clients; and are welcomed and received with respect.
Over the years the Listening Post has provided a sacred, safe space to leave behind the chaos of the streets and enter into a quiet atmosphere to listen to one’s inner voice of wisdom.
Since it began, volunteers have hosted The Listening Post. They have offered workshops and gatherings, potluck suppers, candle lighting to remember loved ones, many memorials, and have been pleased to participate in Heart of the City Festivals. This year, although closed due to the pandemic, they will host an outdoor altar to celebrate the Day of the Dead on Sunday November 1 from 2pm to 5pm.
Heart of the City Festival