Día de Los Muertos
By Roseanne Greenfield Thong and Carles Ballestros
By Connie Goldin, LMFT
“As candle flames glisten, our smiles are bright. Our ancestros know we are with them tonight.”
Many families we meet celebrate “Day of the Dead ” on November 1st and 2nd. Día de Los Muertos is a joyful time to remember dead ancestors and “to welcome their spirits home for a night.” It coincides with the Catholic holidays of All Saints and All Souls Day, and is combined with indigenous beliefs and customs of Mexico (especially in Central and Southern Mexico) and South America. It is also celebrated by many people here in the U.S.
Here is a beautiful new children’s book on Day of the Dead, “Día de Los Muertos,” that is written in English, but has the vocabulary of the traditions and events for Día de Los Muertos, in Spanish. Roseanne Greenfield Thong (author) and Carles Ballesteros (illustrator) have created a delightful book that tells a happy story of Día de Los Muertos through a charming text and wonderful pictures. It is a lovely book for bilingual families to have in their home library, but is written for everyone to enjoy.