In addition to the Solstices and Equinoxes, another important ritual at Damanhur is a celebration dedicated to the Commemoration of the Dead, which takes place every year between late October and early November.
According to Damanhur's understanding, the world of the "living" and the world of the "dead" are both expressions of spiritual life, and at times it is possible to open a channel of communication between these dimensions. Rituals are the most important moments of connection-for both sending and receiving thoughts with Damanhur citizens who have passed, as well as other loved ones who are no longer in physical form. It is an act of celebration for life in all its manifestations.
As with the Solstice and Equinox rituals, the Commemoration of the Dead takes place in a stone circle around a fire, with meditation, prayer, song and offerings to the fire. Damanhurians stand inside the huge stone circle, each wearing a ritual robe, and guests gather close around the outside of the circle. As the ceremony proceeds, these moments become an opening of energy and emotion for everyone, the citizens of Damanhur, guests and friends.