Inspired by the colourful Mexican festival The Day of the Dead, in which ancestors are remembered with a vibrant and colourful festival; The Day of the Living campaign will raise awareness about the importance of organ donation with the same energy, optimism and joy.
Instead of Dia de los Muertos we are celebrating the Dia de los Vivos!
The campaign is a nationwide celebration of donation, stressing the good the generous act can do. This year we are creating sugar skull biscuits and we want you bake some fun and delicious treats to show how saving lives is a piece of cake. We will be sharing your creations and the inspirational stories behind them on Day of the Living and throughout the week after as part of our Day of the Living Festival.
The Day of the Living takes place on the same day as the Day of the Dead - Tuesday, 1st November.
How do I get involved?
It is customary to light candles and decorate shrines with marigolds as part of the festivities. Food plays an important part in the Day of the Dead festival and traditionally, people leave offerings or ‘offrenda’ on an altar for those they are remembering. The food is colourful and fun. We would love you to join us in baking cakes or sugar skull cookies, lighting candles to #celebrateadonor, wear something orange to support our campaign or share orange-themed ‘Skulfies’ with us to remember and celebrate the generosity of donors.
So how about sharing a lit candle along with some food to celebrate a donor? Or you could make some awesome skull biscuits. Here is a couple of recipes to help you out?
(Many thanks to The Biscuiteers in London for allowing us to share their recipe and video)
Share your fun and colorful creations with us using #DayoftheLiving because #thesecookiesavelives