Day of the Dead Celebration on Friday, November 1, 2019

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Please join us for our annual Day of the Dead Celebration at the Asheville Sacred Fire Council House on Friday, November 1, 2019!

There will be a 6 pm potluck with fire to follow.
For those who choose to set an altar, please arrive between 4 - 6 pm.
RSVP requested.

Honoring the ancestors and receiving their wisdom has proven beneficial for people across time and cultures. In the Nahua tradition people celebrate their ancestors each November 1st, the Day of the Dead. Please join us for this traditional celebration in which we remember our loved ones who have passed. A small act of respect can open a doorway to healing in unexpected ways.

Whom do we honor?

If you wish to honor a family member or close friend (as close as a family member) who has died, you may place items (see below) for them on the altar. All honorees must be adults who have died prior to November 1, 2018.

How do we honor them?

Bring a photo of your beloved to place on the altar. You may also bring a sampling of their favorite food and miniature representations of a passion or hobby of theirs. For example, bring a matchbox car of their favorite car.

What time to arrive?

The altar will be open to receive items between 4:00-6:00 pm on Friday, November 1st. If you arrive after 6:00 pm, you may join us for a potluck dinner and fire afterwards.

What happens to the items placed on the altar?

The items you place will remain until the morning of Sunday, November 3rd. After the altar is formally closed (10 am), you will gather your photos, miniature objects, and dishes. These altar items should be boxed up and re-used only on the Day of the Dead. The use of compostable dishes is fine. All food will be disposed of when the altar is closed. If you are unable to be present Sunday morning, you must make arrangements in advance to collect your items. No items will be held overnight.

Everyone is welcome, but please RSVP.

You are welcome to come to the potluck and spend time around the fire without placing items on the altar.  We need to know if you are coming so the space can be prepared as needed. RSVP by October 30 to Andy Weatherly at andreweatherly@gmail.com.

Your help is needed.

We need your help to create this community event.  When you RSVP, please indicate if you can help with set up on Friday or clean up on Sunday.
Donations to defray costs and support the Council House will be joyfully accepted.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Amy Haynes, Quiatlzques (weather worker in the Nahua Tradition)
Andy Weatherly, Quiapaquiz (weather worker in the Nahua Tradition)

 

 

Celebrate Your Ancestors with us on November 1 at Sacred Fire Asheville!

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This time of year reminds us that death remains a natural and important part of the cycle of life. In our Nahua tradition of the Central Highlands of Mexico, November 1st is named the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), a time in which the veil between the living and dead is at its thinnest and an auspicious time to honor and celebrate our loved ones who have died. Amy Haynes, Quiatlzques in the Nahua tradition, will lead us in creating a traditional altar to provide us with an effective opening to express our gratitude and love for those who have crossed, to share in any lingering grief and to receive their blessings and wisdom.

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Some flowers and candles will be provided to illuminate the altar and make it beautiful and fragrant.

Day of the Dead Celebration
Thursday, Nov 1 st, 2018

Led by Amy Haynes, Quiatlzques (worker with weather for the benefit of her village) in the Nahua tradition
(RSVP by October 30)

We will gather at the Sacred Fire Asheville Council House to create a traditional altar to celebrate the lives of our loved ones who have passed on.  After opening the space, we will share a potluck meal inside the home of our firekeepers, Lisa Lichtig and Patrick Hanaway. The rest of the evening will be spent back at the fire sharing our stories or listening in silence. Prema Sheerin, one of our community’s traditional healers and head of the Sacred Fire Community’s Death and Dying Council, will be in attendance to share her wisdom.
If you wish to honor a family member or close friend who has died  more than 1 year ago you may set a place for them on the altar. Place settings must be for adults who passed prior to November 1, 2017.
4 – 6 pm: Arrive to set up your section of the altar. You will create a place setting to entice your loved one to join the celebration. Bring a photo of the person to be honored along with a sample of their favorite food and/or beverages. You may also bring miniature representations of their hobbies and passions. An example would be if they had a favorite car or truck you could bring a matchbox version of it. In discerning what to bring – be guided by the image of a place setting at a festive banquet. Some cut flower bouquets and candles will be on the altar but you are welcome to bring your own in addition to those provided.
6 pm: Share a potluck meal. Please bring a dish.
After dinner: Time around the fire to share and to listen. At a certain time we will depart the Council House together leaving the altar intact until Saturday morning.
Nov 3rd (Saturday)
10 am: The altar will be formally closed. This will be the time to retrieve your altar items. If you cannot be present for the closing you must let Amy Haynes know in advance so other arrangements can be made. Items will not be held after the clean-up on Saturday.
  • RSVP by Oct 30 so the space can be prepared as needed. You are welcome to come to the potluck and spend time around the fire without setting a place for a loved one.
  • RSVP to: Amy Haynes, awhaynes@bellsouth.net. There may be a delayed response to your RSVP as she will be away from email until Oct. 19th. If you need directions to Sacred Fire Asheville, please let Amy know this when you contact her.
  • HELP will be needed so please indicate your willingness/ability to help with set up Thursday or clean up Saturday when you RSVP.
  • DONATIONS to defray costs and support the Council House will be gratefully accepted.