Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated in central and southern Mexico at the beginning of November. While this coincides with the Catholic holiday, All Soul's & All Saint’s Day, indigenous people combined this with their ancient belief of honoring their deceased loved ones. It is believed that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all angelitos (children) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. Then, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities prepared for them.
This is celebrated by the building of ofrendas (alters), and community festivities that celebrate the time the living can share with the dead. The tradition of the ofrenda is to create a mainstay to greet the spirits when they arrive with candies, toys, tamales, chocolates, breads, candles, fruit, mole, mezcal, as well as photos, fashion magazines, cigars or folk art skeletons... and every ofrenda has pan de muerto and sugar skulls!
As a part of Latin American Heritage month, we invite the community to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos over the course of three days, trying to bring a more historic/authentic experience of this Mexican tradition.
OFRENDA DOWNTOWN | Wednesday October 31, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Butler Square
We welcome the community to add items to the ofrenda in celebration of the lives of family members that have passed. We will provide items to add to the alter, and everyone is welcome to bring items of their own.
CELEBRATION | Friday, November 2nd, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Chehalem Cultural Center
Everyone is invited to come and celebrate with festivities at the Cultural Center.
There will be performances, face-painting, decorating sugar skulls, and refreshments.
All event activities are free to the public and for all ages to enjoy.