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Visitors can enjoy in-person, self-guided tours of 22 public Ofrendas (altars) or take the virtual experience online

The Virtual Run of the Dead 5K/10 to be held as a week-long celebration  through Nov. 7

 The annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration in Southwest Detroit is now underway through Nov. 7 with visitors able to enjoy the traditional Mexican holiday, including 22 public Ofrendas (altars) that are on display in area businesses, nonprofit organizations and churches. The Southwest Detroit Business Association (SDBA) has launched its digital brochure that highlights all 22 Ofrendas in the community, offering two different ways to participate.

Visitors can tour Southwest Detroit and visit the public Ofrendas by following the map in the SDBA’s digital brochure. Participants also can enjoy the virtual experience that includes a brief video, photos and description of each Ofrenda highlighted in the digital brochure. The digital map and virtual tour can be found by visiting www.southwestdetroit.com. There is no cost to participate.

The Día de Los Muertos celebration in Southwest Detroit coincides with the SDBA’s 2020 Virtual “Run of the Dead” 5K/10K week-long celebration beginning Sat., October 31 through Sat., Nov. 7. The annual event benefits the Center of Music & Performing Arts -Southwest (COMPÁS) and includes a Run of the Dead “swag bag” with a commemorative T-shirt, bib and participant medal. Participants can choose any day or location during the week-long celebration to complete the run. Registration for the Run of the Dead 5K or 10K run/ walk is $35 for adults and $20 for youth. Visit www.southwestdetroit.com to register for the event. Registration is open through Nov. 7.

Día de Los Muertos is a multi-day holiday celebrated throughout Mexico that coincides with the Catholic observances of All Saints’ Eve (Oct. 31), All Saints’ Day (Nov. 1) and All Souls’ Day (Nov. 2). It is the time of year when individuals believe the boundaries between the living and the dead become permeable, allowing the souls of the departed to travel back to visit loved ones. Elaborate Ofrendas are created with pictures of loved ones, food, flowers, candles, religious symbols and other traditional decorations such as sugar skulls, papel picado (pecked paper) and pan de muerto (bread of the dead). Visits to local cemeteries to honor loved ones are also very common.



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