Date: Wed, 2 Nov 1994 18:28:14 -0800 From: Birrell Walsh Subject: Re: dia de los muertos On Wed, 2 Nov 1994, Guadalupe Valdes wrote: > There is an important difference between el dia de los muertos and el dia > de los inocentes. > > In Mexico, like in Spain, we celebrate el dia de los inocentes on the 28 of > december. It is actually our "april fools day" a day in which many attempts > are made to fool happy innocents who fall for tricks and jokes. > > El dia de los muertos is all souls day. > Yes, and if our California experience is any guide, it will soon be an important day for non-Mexicans too. It seems to be spreading, filling the same need shown by the phenomenal sales of Kubler-Ross and of the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. Gringo culture (an Irishman, I will NOT be calling it anglo) seems to have no way of honoring the dead except lugubriously. Birrell