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Día de los Muertos provides remembrance, holiday fun, tradition

By Kevin Milliken, La Prensa Correspondent

According to La Conexión de Wood County in its celebrations of Día de los Muertos on Oct. 20, 2013 in Bowling Green, the Day of the Dead (Nov. 2) celebration “dates back over 3,000 years when the Aztecs and other indigenous peoples of México who believed that death was not to be feared but was rather another journey in the cycle of life.” It coincides with All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, Nov. 1 and 2, respectively.

La Conexión celebrated at the Simpson Bldg. with performance, play, drama, music, cookies, and refreshment, coming to terms “with our mortality and becom[ing] aware of the cycle of life and death.”—Buddhists would agree.

In Toledo, the Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center (SQACC) will host its seventeenth annual Día de los Muertos celebrations on Sat., Nov. 2, 6-10 p.m. at its center, 1225 Broadway.

A traditional Mexican dinner is to be served, featuring authentic Mexican cuisine prepared by the center’s resident chef. Musical entertainment will be provided by Los Mariachis Locos, as well as DJ Isaiah Burciaga. Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple. $30 of each ticket is a tax-deductible contribution to the non-profit organization.

The annual SQACC observance of Día de los Muertos includes an altar exhibit, displaying the works of community residents, local high school Spanish clubs, and local artists. The altars will be housed across the street from the center at La Galeria, 1224 Broadway.

Families who celebrate the holiday construct altars in memory of a loved one, usually with items on display that belonged to or held significance in the life of that loved one. This year also marks the 10th year passing of Toledo’s beloved Judge Joseph A. Flores.

Events featuring the altars are free and open to the public, starting with a blessing ceremony at 9 a.m. Nov. 2, at SQACC, to be followed by a procession to SS. Peter & Paul, 728 S. St. Clair St., for a special Mass honoring loved ones and a social time with a pan dulce y chocolate (sweet bread and hot cocoa) reception.

The altar exhibit will also be open to the public from Mon., Nov. 4 through Fri., Nov. 15,   10 a.m.–3 p.m. School groups and the general public who are interested in viewing the altars are asked to contact Cathy at 567-343-8671 to reserve a time.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center at 419-241-1655.  Due to space limitations, the dinner/dance will be limited to the first 175 people who purchase or reserve tickets.

Rico de La Prensa contributed to this report.

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Revised: 10/22/13 19:49:51 -0700.




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