The community is invited to a free, family-friendly Día de Muertos Celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2 at Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary & Cemetery, 7777 West 29th Ave., in Wheat Ridge. For …
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The community is invited to a free, family-friendly Día de Muertos Celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2 at Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary & Cemetery, 7777 West 29th Ave., in Wheat Ridge.
For more information, call 303-233-4611 or send an email to Nicole.Galluzzo@dignitymemorial.com.
What is El Día de los Muertos?
El Día de los Muertos — or Day of the Dead — is an ancient tradition for which its roots belong to the indigenous cultures in Mexico who observed harvest season with rituals that embraced mortality and celebrated life after death.
Spanish conquistadors eventually arrived, and in attempts to convert the indigenous peoples to Catholicism, they moved the dates of the celebration to coincide with the Christian beliefs of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day on Nov. 1 and 2, respectively, when it is believed the spirits of the dead visit their families.
Today, El Día de los Muertos is celebrated in Mexico and parts of the south and central Americas, as well as in the U.S.
Traditional celebration — alters, sugar skulls, food and dance
Modern-day Día de los Muertos celebrations typically include creating altars that honor ancestors, cleaning and decorating the gravesites of loved ones and celebrating together as a family and community with song, dance and special foods.
Altars are built to honor and remember a person who has passed away. Altars are personalized, but generally include photos of the loved one, candles, fresh marigolds and usually some sort of personalized item the person enjoyed when he or she was alive. Sometimes, washcloth and water will be placed on an altar so the ancestors can clean up after their long journey back.
Pan de muerto is a type of bread made once a year specifically for Día de los Muertos and it is usually placed on the altar as an offering to their ancestors.
Sugar skulls are the pre-Columbian presence on the altars and their purpose is to represent duality of life and death.
What to expect at Olinger Crown Hill's Día de los Muertos Celebration
An interactive storyteller will recite the history, significance and folklore of the traditional Día de los Muertos celebration. Angel Vigil will be storytelling from 2-3 p.m.
Olinger Crown Hill will be building a traditional altar, and there will be a person explaining what the altar is and its different elements. Pan de muerto will be available for sampling.
The main entertainment will be live mariachi music and baile folklórico performances, which is traditional Mexican folklore dancing. Sol De Mi Tierra Mariachi will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The mariachi band will be accompanied by Colorado Fiesta Dancers from noon to 1 p.m.
Additional festivities include a bounce house and children's activities, food trucks and artesian vendors.
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