Samhain at Four Quarters: Dia de los Muertos

Friday November 1st - Sunday November 3rd, 2019

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The Stones stand tall, holding vigil as night falls.
The Crypt is open, lit by candles and steeped in memory.
We stand together, in Circle, and we remember...

 It is now the time of Transition; the start of the Dark Time of the year when the veil is thin. A traditional time of remembering all those who have gone before, and honoring their lives. Join us in celebrating the lives of our Ancestors on this Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

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Dia de los Muertos celebrations are multi-day holidays that involve family and friends gathering to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and helping support their spiritual journey. As death is viewed as a natural part of the human cycle, it is not a day of sadness, rather a day of celebration because our loved ones awake and celebrate with us.

While our beloved dead are not with us, they are not gone; rather, they continue on their journey, albeit away from us. In homage to the traditions celebrated in Mexico, we will honor our ancestors and ask them to spend a little time with us for the evening.

- Friday night we will invite our ancestors to visit by Sending Messages to the Underworld in the Labyrinth.
- On Saturday we will build Ofrendas (altars) and decorate them with flowers, candles, calaveras (sugar skulls) and family mementos.
- We will work as a community to continue the creation of the Labyrinth; an offering to our Descendants who will remember us as their Ancestors.
- As dusk falls, we will Feast together with our loved ones, and then hold a Procession in their Honor.
- We will open our Ancestors’ Crypt to welcome their presence into our Circle, offer them special foods and drinks, share stories about them, and sing songs and dance together.

And when the evening is concluded, we will thank our ancestors for their time in our lives, and bid them farewell…until next year.

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Draft Schedule (as of October 16, 2019)

Friday afternoon
Craftworkings I - Ritual tools for the season:
- Besoms, Jack-o-Lanterns
- Calavera making and decorating

Friday evening
Starlight Labyrinth Ritual: Invitation to our Ancestors

Friday night
Bardic Fire Circle: Singing, Drumming, Dancing, Storytelling

Saturday Morning:
Labyrinth Construction
We will work as a community to continue the creation of the Labyrinth, an offering to our Descendants who will remember us as their Ancestors. This living structure is a gateway into ourselves and the Otherworld.
We welcome all, especially new builders, to come participate in building and walking this 84 foot diameter labyrinth.
Work gloves and tools provided, along with snacks. People of all abilities are welcome!

Saturday Afternoon:
Craftworkings II - Ritual tools for the season:
- Building your Ofrenda
- Calavera making and decorating (con’t.)
- Sweat Lodge

Interested in serving the community?
Helpers will be needed to prepare/set up for the Feast and Ritual.
Stop by the Ritual Shed to Volunteer!

Saturday Evening:
- Feast with our Ancestors
- Procession for our Beloved Dead
- Main Ritual: Dia de los Muertos
- Fire Circle: Singing, Drumming, Dancing, Storytelling
- Starlit Labyrinth Walk

Sunday Morning:
- Giving Thanks to our Ancestors

As always, everything is subject to change, the needs of ceremony, the whims of weather, and the antics of mischievous gods. Updates will be posted as they occur.
Sources: Wikipedia, National Geographic, Dayofthedead.holiiday, and personal anecdotal experiences Photos: National Geographic, Creative Commons

Register On-Line

Event Cost:
$45 for Members

$55 for Non-Members
The Saturday evening Feast of the Dead is included in your registration.
To Register, visit our Shopping Cart above or call the Office: 814-784-3080

About Lodging at Four Quarters - A limited number of private rooms and bunks are available for rent. Rooms have double beds, blankets and pillows; Bunks have fitted sheets. During events rooms and bunks must be booked for the duration of the event; you must call the office 814-784-3080 for reservations.

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  “Let us make future generations remember us as proud ancestors just as, today, we remember our forefathers.”

– Roh Moo-hyun

 
 
The Labyrinth

Our work will include joining the crews at the Labyrinth to set more curbstones, for this living structure is a gateway into ourselves and the Otherworld. We welcome all, especially new builders, to come participate in building and walking this 84 foot diameter labyrinth. Come prepared to work in the dirt! Bring work gloves, sturdy shoes, rugged clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, and a water bottle. To walk our labyrinth is to walk a purposeful path – no obstacles, no puzzles – inward to the center, then outward into the world.