Dia de los Muertos is a very personal holiday and each family that celebrates it has their own unique traditions that they follow. It is a cathartic experience for the living as well as a time to honor and celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed on to the afterlife. “The dead come to life in the memory of the living, who evoke their particular customs, tastes, virtues and defects (Orellana 1999:67).”
Dia de los Muertos acquaints children to their ancestors as well as introduces the concept of death to children at an early age as a natural rite of passage. For adults, it provides an opportunity for communal mourning. Emotions surrounding Dia de los Muertos can be somber as well as celebratory. It is a time to remember, honor and show respect to the departed. The colorful holiday serves as a reunion for the dead as well as the living.
The Latino Center of Art and Culture will create a community altar for the public to place offerings. The public is invited to bring candles, photographs, bread, other foods, flowers, toys and other symbolic offerings for loved ones who have passed away.
NEW LOCATION: Due to rain, the event will take place in the covered parking lot on 2020 L St.