Dia de Los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is a Mexican celebration which originated with the Aztecs over 2,500 years ago. Here in the US, death is often a somber subject whereas in other cultures, death is a more accepted part of life; people mourn while remembering family and friends who have departed.
Originally, Dia de Los Muertos was a month long celebration which was reshaped during the Spanish invasion. More recently, people celebrate with ofrendas, offerings of bread, trinkets, sugar skulls, and orange marigolds (referred to as the “flower of the dead”), wear sugar skull or other face masks, and showcase the culture in honor of their loved ones.
This year, we join with Fathers and Families of San Joaquin to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos in a community wide healing and cultural ceremony. Dancers and storytellers will provide entertainment and food is provided! For more information, see this post.
If you are unable to make it and want to celebrate your own Dia de Los Muertos, check out this link for children’s activities and more!