Day of the Dead Ceremony at Crystal Castle


The Crystal Castle is hosting the 9th annual Natural Death Care Centre’s Day of the Dead celebration on Sunday 9th November with free entry from 3:30 – 6:30 pm.

DotD-treeThe 9th annual Natural Death Care Centre Day of the Dead will be celebrated on November 9th at the Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens. There will be free entry to the Crystal Castle from 3:30pm on Sunday 9th November for those attending this community event.

Local celebrant and Deathwalker, Zenith Virago will facilitate the creation of community art, personal memento making and writing messages as “memento mori” for those sharing love and loss. At 5.00pm she will conduct a gentle and inclusive ceremony of remembrance with music from the Mullumbimby Choir.

Grant MacIntyre PhotographyAt the end of the ceremony a candle light procession will follow the Rainforest Walk to the “Forest of Friends & Family” at the Quongdong Grove, where those who wish to may place photos and have spoken tributes made to their loved ones. The Quondong Grove will become a permanent sacred space for honouring the dead.

The event will conclude with a celebratory cake, which everyone is welcome to share.

According to Zenith Virago, “The Natural Death Care Centre charity has an inspirational dream, that every individual, community and service provider has the knowledge and capacity to do death well. We believe in a holistic, empowered approach to death, dying and loss.

We are encouraging people to be informed of their options and to make good choices, and to participate as fully as they choose, which we see makes for an easier bereavement.

The annual Day of the Dead ceremony is an opportunity for everyone to come together to honour and remember our loved ones that have died, are dying, or who are lost to us in some way.

Although it has the same name as the South American day, this is a uniquely Australian cultural experience, open to any religion, spirituality, belief or culture.

A chance to remember, honour and celebrate, and to create positive social and cultural change, the Day of the Dead is particularly wonderful for teaching children something real and gentle about death and bereavement. All are welcome.

Byron Bay has always been popular for its lifestyle, but for many years now it has been cutting edge with its deathstyle. Please come along and create the change you want to see.


When:          Sunday, 9 November 2014

Where:         Crystal Castle 81 Monet Drive, Mullumbimby

Time:            3:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Cost:              Free Entry from 3:30 pm

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