Remembering our Dogs on the Day of the Dead

Remembering our Dogs on the Day of the Dead

What is the Day of the Dead?

Originating from Mexico, the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is a colourful and joyous celebration, to show love and respect for deceased family members and celebrate life. The dead are kept alive as part of the community in memory and spirit and during Día de los muertos they return to be with their families. Altars are beautifully decorated with photos and offerings to honour the souls so that they return home to be with their families.

The celebrations take place on the 1-2nd November and are not to be confused with Halloween – they’re both separate events with different origins and rituals. Death and spirits often inflict fear on Halloween, while on the Day of the Dead they are celebrated and honoured.

Remembering our Furry Friends

We can learn so much from these heartening celebrations.

Our busy, modern life leaves us with very little time to connect with the memories of our deceased loved ones – including the dogs who have left the biggest paw prints on our heart.

Dogs are truly are the beating heart of our families, symbolising a child, sibling, best friend or long-term companion. As their owners we promise to give them the love and care that they deserve throughout their lives, and we agree to inevitably feel the pain of losing them when their time comes. By making death a natural part of your spiritual reflections, it can help to alleviate your fears or anxieties.

I’m sure the treasured memories of my beloved Golden Retriever, Simba and my Aunt’s German Shepard, Zeus wouldn’t have made it to the forefront of my mind had I not been reading up on this wonderful celebration of life. Now I sit here remembering the times my childhood pooch Simba used to sit on the garden bench, looking out for us to get home from school. For all the love they give us, we should take time to treasure those memories more often.

Our Event

Although more traditionally known for remembering humans, many people use this time to remember their four-legged friends too. It’s a beautiful thought and the main reason we created the Day of the Dog event which is taking place in Newport on the 2nd of November.

To coincide with the Mexican festival, we’re honouring and celebrating all the dogs who mean so much to us, both the deceased and the living.

In preparation for our Day of the Dog Fiesta we’re looking for stories and photos of those special dogs at Rainbow Bridge who left a special mark on your heart. It could be your childhood pooch, your best pal or your fur-baby. We want to light up the next month in their memory. Photos will be placed on our online altar and our top 40 will be printed and placed on our real altar at the Day of the Dog Fiesta on the 2nd November.

Those who have a ticket to the event, will be asked to bring offerings to the altar in the form of your dog’s favourite food, treats, toys etc.

During Día de los Muertos, dogs are believed to guide the ancestral spirits to their final resting place in the afterlife, so we’ll be donating all the offerings to the Guide Dogs, as they guide living spirits.

‘Dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole.’ So for all the love, affection, patience and kindness they share with us through their short furry life, we want to honour them with a big party filled with all the things they love in return.

Further Event Details

The Day of the Dog Fiesta will take place on Friday, 2nd November at Le Public Space, Newport.

A ticket to The Day of the Dog Fiesta costs £20 and includes doggy beer, sugar skull cookies, goody bags and piñatas for the pampered pooches. Humans can enjoy a Dia de los Muerto dance Performance from Kitsch n Sync Collective, Latino music from DJ Vukko and free face painting. Mexican food will be available to buy on the night. We’ll also be hosting a mini dog show, with prizes for the most Handsome Chico and Prettiest Chica.

2 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Jo October 16, 2018 Subscriber

    Hey
    Could you tell me what time the event is and if it’s ok to bring a human baby and my furr baby along?

    • Dog Furiendly October 16, 2018 Administrator

      Hi Jo,
      The event starts at 6:30 on the 2nd November 😊
      However it’s an 18+ event only so only Fur babies allowed 😍

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