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Día de los Muertos celebrated in Midtown

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La Raza Galería Posada’s Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a day for honoring the life and memory of loved ones was celebrated over the weekend of Oct. 27-28.

La Raza Galería Posada’s Día de los Muertos

The event, known as Panteón de Sacramento (Sacramento Cemetery) was celebrated with dance performances, music and family oriented activities.

La Raza Galería Posada’s Día de los Muertos

Dozens of altars honoring loved ones who have passed away were set up at the Native American Health Center’s parking lot on J Street.

La Raza Galería Posada’s Día de los Muertos

I attended part of Saturday’s event and was captivated by many of the altars I stopped at. Individual and community groups participated in building elaborate altars.

The event is hosted by La Raza Galería Posada and many people and organizations that participated last year and years before returned once again.

La Raza Galería Posada’s Día de los Muertos

One of the many altars was created by Marco Ferrero who returned to celebrate his new book Esperanza & Don Marco. Ferrero also worked on a painting at his altar station showcasing another of his many talents. Ferrero participated last year as he read part of his book on stage.

La Raza Galería Posada’s Día de los Muertos

Other artists returned from last year’s event with new altars and several performances were also part of the daily events.

The event included workshop classes offered by La Raza Galería where visitors could create sugar skulls or skull masks.

La Raza Galería Posada’s Día de los Muertos

This year it took two parking lots to handle the many altars and activities offered. Yolanda’s Tamales sold its delicacies and many other eateries around the event benefitted by the many visitors who attended.

The 3rd Annual Día de los Muertos was once again full of activities and intriguing altars honoring the dead. Community information booths on hand disseminated valuable information for visitors who stopped at their booths and many vendors and artists who sold merchandise received exposure as thousands of visitors stopped at their stands.

La Raza Galería Posada’s Día de los Muertos

The laughter of children at the Panteón de Sacramento reminded me that life is to be lived to its fullest and that death is imminent so why not respect and celebrate both.

La Raza Galería Posada’s Día de los Muertos

La Raza Galería Posada’s Día de los Muertos annual celebration continues to bring many visitors to its free event. Follow their website for future events and if you’d like to participate next year, information will be posted as the event draws near.

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