Inland Empire News | Dia De Los Muertos Celebration

October 23, 2015

By: Megan Gonzalez 

Dia De Los Muertos is a celebration and night of remembrance for those who have passed on. On October 27, 2015 you can join in the celebration at the Steelworkers Auditorium. Some of the entertaining activities will include traditional altars and an art crafting section.

Dia De Los Muertos is celebrated throughout Mexico and South America, with there being similar events throughout the world. The Mexican public holiday gathers family and friends to pray for their loved ones, as well tell stories of remembrance. Dia los Muertos is predominantly celebrated on November 2nd but in some places starts October 31st and goes on till November 2nd. 

 

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The holiday is traced back to the Aztec festival that was dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuat otherwise known as the lady of the dead. The celebration used to go on for a month and was celebrated at the beginning of the summer. Once the Spanish colonized Mexico the event was correlated with All Saints Day and All Souls Eve. Dia De Los Muertos recognizes that death is a natural part of life, rather than mourn the death every year they celebrate their life. 

The traditional altars that you will see at this event are put up in honor of loved ones and include flowers, food and gifts. Depending on the location, the types of gifts they lay out vary but there are a few that are few common traditions. Usually altars and graves are decorated with marigolds in Spanish its called Flor de Muerto. They are vibrant flowers that create a joyous feeling. Alters usually are adorned with gifts, food, drinks, sugar skull and possessions that used to belong to the deceased. 

This celebration encourages you to dress up in themed attire. Some parts of Mexico dress up for the event while other actually dress in the deceased clothes. It’s a way of paying homage to their loved ones.

Celebrate the day of the dead October 27 from 4p.m. to 6p.m. being held at the Steelworkers Auditorium 8437 Sierra Avenue in Fontana. For more information call (909) 349-6980 or visit Fontana’s official website. Come and be immersed in the traditions and culture of Dia del los Muertos.