For example San Francisco has Bay to Breakers; a 7 and a half mile race that includes many serious runners and even more serious revelers dressed in costumes from Superman to Blues Brothers. And of course let's not forget those super free spirits that decide to wear their running shoes...and nothing else. Yes, it's a party. Actually SF has lots of these days!
Tucson had it's unequaled celebration yesterday. The All Souls Procession. Inspired by neighboring country's, Mexico, "Dia de los Muertos" it has become it's own special ritual. There are many activities leading up to the culmination that includes over 20,000 participants on a two mile procession through downtown Tucson and ending in the "finalizing action of burning a large urn filled with the hopes, offerings and wishes of the public for those who have passed."
I love how inclusive it is. It's a special event whether you are there to participate on stage or quietly to yourself. Whether you are costumed or in street clothes there is a collective sense of respect and reverence.
I thought I was fine until I saw a picture of Sali on the billboard size picture projection wall. It hit me, all the losses my friends, family and I've experienced in the last couple of years. As sad as it may seem out of context by reflecting and celebrating the death of our loved ones we remember to live. And that is a gift isn't it?
What other special celebrations are important to you? What was unique to your town?
|Urn arriving to it's place by crane.|
|The night sky was feeling the mood (upper left).|