Keeping Memories Alive through Ofrendas 


I have lived in Columbus for 30 several years! Dwelling in Central Ohio and doing work in Columbus has exposed me to the stunning celebration of Día de los Muertos by the local community I serve as portion of Proyecto Mariposas and Martin de Porres Centre. Even though remembering the souls of individuals have moved on has been important in my loved ones in Puerto Rico. The tradition of Día de los Muertos was a lovely way to rejoice their lives and their memories in this article in United States.

The ofrenda makes it possible for us to share the lovely stories remaining behind supporting us go on our lives supporting every other. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic was taking the life of quite a few in our quick neighborhood and kin in our countries with out the likelihood of mourning shut to every single other. These who passed are alive in our recollections. At the Martin de Porres, we needed to give a space for our close neighborhood to have an ofrenda a way to honor these are without end in our hearts.

Our two leaders: Citlali Perez and Jimena Torres (Mexico) took on the job to generate our to start with ofrenda at the centre. They coordinated the decoration, the literature to share with our neighborhood. That ofrenda was extremely considerable for our neighborhood mainly because it authorized us to come alongside one another in a protected room when maintaining social distance. It allowed us to share support for the family members that are portion of our heart during the year and have arrive to have faith in the space as a space of peace. We understood we experienced to retain this practice for our families. That year, like a lot of, I was confronted with mourning the daily life of a pretty near member of our family.

The splendor of this celebration is the shades, the stories, the local community that is built. Sugar skulls, marigolds, papel picado, monarch butterflies, images, pan de Muertos and catrinas create the fantastic environment for people to honor, replicate and share the daily life of other people.

This year (2022), we are developing our ofrenda for the neighborhood and supplying personal spaces for anyone that would like to make their ofrenda. The Martin de Porres Center is dedicated to be a secure haven for local community, spirituality, instruction and the arts. The Día de los Muertos offers all of this by way of a celebration of everyday living and dead.

This day has come to be very important to me personally and as a local community member. Dying is portion of the cycle of existence and by this celebration, we can be related to the artistic and the reflective non secular custom.

In reflecting on the ofrendas, and people who are near to us, how have their tales stayed with us and affected us now? How can we maintain their memory alive by re-telling their stories?

The ofrendas will be on view by means of November 2, 2022 at the Martin de Porres Centre. Remember to check the site or contact 614-416-1910 for several hours.

Yahaira Rose is Director of the Martin de Porres Middle. as very well as the Founder and Govt Director of Proyecto Mariposas (Task Butterfly), whose mission is to empower, mentor and help Latina girls and girls with the instruments, know-how and management capabilities important to guide courageous, strong lives. Click on in this article to master far more about Yahaira and her organization.

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