I’m sorry I’m getting this up so late. I had signed up for this theme and hadn’t actually meant to or remembered like a dork. Anyway, here’s a short scene from Celebration For The Dead
CELEBRATION FOR THE DEAD by LAUREN DANE
Copyright 2008, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, Jasmine Jade
“Tell me about the Day of the Dead stuff, Minx. I thought November first was the day, not the second.” Max sipped his wine and leaned back in his chair. A casual observer would have thought he was totally relaxed but Melanie saw the way his eyes swept the area regularly.
“Today is the first day of El Dia de los Muertos. It’s the day to remember the babies and children who’ve died. Tomorrow is the day for adults who’ve passed. I’ll make a big feast. I picked up fresh tamales the way my abuela made them with chicken and green chiles. I also grabbed pumpkin candies and the shrimp my brother loved. I’m already marinating the steak for grilling. This isn’t a day of sadness but a day of celebration. So after we eat we’ll take pan de muerto, bread I’ll shape like bones, candles, sweets and some other assorted stuff to the gravesite later in the evening.”
“There are these cool little candies that look like coffins and skeletons, it’s really quite festive at the cemetery. There’ll be music and food, candles and flowers everywhere,” Jagger added. “Two years ago there was a parade of sorts from town up the hill to the cemetery.”
“These are all people I’ve known since I was a child. They knew my father and my grandparents. My abuela taught their kids and my abuelo fed their families. This is sort of a big family event. It seems morbid from the outside but it’s really beautiful.” Minx felt the need to defend it. Sometimes Americans didn’t understand how wonderful it really was. It wasn’t Halloween or something evil, it was special.
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