For the past four years that I have been living away from home (in Sweden and Canada) I have organized public events to help share the tradition of the Day of the Dead. Although a lot of my motivation stemmed out of my simple love of the tradition itself, the response that it elicits convinced me that the beliefs and values inherent in it voice a song that we were craving to listen.
At its very core Day of the Dead is a family reunion, its a welcoming party that transcends life and death, it´s a way to relate to death without fear, without grief (even if only for a day!) and a way to pay our respects to those who have walked that path before us.
As part of my involvement in Groundswell (A youth program in the Vancouver DTES that promotes social entrepreneurship) last week we opened the doors to our community to share in a Day of the Dead celebration. One of the participants who enjoyed my explanation of the history and political roots of this tradition invited me for an interview in our local co-op radio (100.5 FM) in the bilingual program America Latina al Día.
Im happy to share this recording of the interview with you and hopefully this will allow you to better understand and relate to this unique tradition and inspire you to find your own way of honoring those you have lost.
Happy Day of the Dead!