The Dia de los Muertos celebration dates back over 3,000 years when the Aztecs and other indigenous peoples of Mexico believed that death was not to be feared but was, rather, another journey in the cycle of life. Today, Dia de los Muertos coincides with All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, November 1st and 2nd.
Families who celebrate the holiday construct altars in memory of a loved one that display items belonging to the memorialized individual.
La Conexión’s event will feature an old-fashioned radio musical drama performed by local adults and youth. Audience members will be invited to sing the traditional Mexican song De Colores and bring an item to the altar during the performance. Typical elements include: favorite personal items of the deceased such as photographs, food, music, rosaries, and any artifacts that prompt warm memories. (All items will be returned immediately after the performance.)
Face-paintings evoking the calaveras, or symbolic skeleton masks, will begin at 4:30 PM and continue throughout the performance. Refreshments will follow.
The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, email Gloria Pizaña [email protected] or Beatriz Maya at [email protected].