Ancestor Worship in Atlanta

November 6, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On November 6, 2002 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "Mexicans in metro Atlanta commemorated Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a celebration rooted in both their indigenous traditions and their adopted Christianity. Several hundred people viewed 13 homemade altars at a celebration in Forest Park sponsored by the city and the Mexican consul general's office Saturday. The celebration... shares its philosophy with that of other cultures such as those in Asia and Africa in which ancestor worship --- honoring those who have gone on before --- is very much part of life. Korean immigrants, for instance, mark Chosuk in September. The day is a thanksgiving feast where honoring ancestors is central to the celebration. During Qing Ming --- usually around April 5 --- in rural China, families visit the tombs of their loved ones to clean off the graves and plant new flowers, said Hong Qu, assistant professor of religious studies at Agnes Scott."