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Memento Mori

Memento Mori, also known as Remember You Die Day, is a day when people focus on their mortality, and how much time they have left to live. "Memento mori" is the Latin phrase for "remember death," which is interpreted as "remember, you die." It came about in medieval Latin Christianity, and it meant that focus should be placed on the importance of the afterlife because earthly life quickly passes.

According to creators of the day, it is a day to cherish everything you have in your life, because there may be no tomorrow. But, true to the original meaning of the phrase, observers of Memento Mori may reflect on death and see it not as a time to pursue as many earthly pleasures as possible, but as a time to live a life of ascetic quiet reflection, with an eye towards the afterlife.

How to Observe

Memento Mori is a day to be aware of the finite amount of time you have and to think about what you will do with it. The creators of the day suggest posting the phrase "memento mori" at home or at work, not in a morbid way, but to remind everyone to cherish what they have, as tomorrow may never come. In this sense, it can be a day to live life to the fullest and to cherish family and friends, abilities, and possessions. Another interpretation of the day involves not focusing on earthly things, but on reflecting on the afterlife instead. Memento mori is also a type of art in which people are reminded of their mortality, and it could be viewed today. You could also read Memento Mori, a novel by Muriel Spark.

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