Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997

Our November Promise

On November first, every little boy and every little girl

puts out ofrendas and offerings for our lost loved ones.


Some may scream, some may shout, but we all know deep in our
hearts that they cross to the living world and watch over us making
sure we’re safe.


Some don’t believe and some do, that without their picture on the ofrenda
a loved one. they can’t cross over to the living world; for this reason

we never forget a loved one.


Our spirit guiders, alebrijes, guide the spirits of our loved ones

to the after-life and now they guide them to our ofrendas

full of love and offerings.


We feel their presence as their spirits run through our bones and leap

into our hearts with great joy and pride.


That’s our November promise.