Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead celebration)

Saturday, November 5, 2022 - 6:00pm
Embassy Suites Convention Center, 223 Red Wolf Blvd.

The Day of the Dead event is one of the most important celebrations in Mexico with a history dating back thousands of years.  Dia de los Muertos originates from the ancient Aztec's belief that the goddess of Mictecacihuatl watches over the dead, and the Catholic Church has turned that belief into All Saints' Day / All Souls' Day.  

Families generally create altars for their deceased loved ones to commemorate their memory.  Altars most often include photos, favorite foods, colorful flowers and favorite items.  Some people choose to build altars at a cemetery, however Mexican immigrants to the United States often build those altars in their homes.

In the American culture, death is often seen as a sad event, but the Day of the Dead is a celebration of life where death is viewed not as the end of life but as the beginning of a new chapter.  This holiday is an opportunity for people to mourn the loss of their family members and to ensure that they are not forgotten - which is the reason why brightly colored skeletons and skulls are everywhere during the holiday.