Día de los Muertos or the “Day of the Dead”, is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout México, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration begins on November 1 (All Saints’ Day) and November 2 (All Souls’ Day). Families make altars with photos of the deceased, along with offerings of food, candles, incense and yellow marigolds. New México has celebrated this time-honored tradition and will host a variety of family events in the southwestern states, as well as Halloween events.
November 2, 3, 4 – Calavera Coalition New México: The Calavera Coalition in New México will host their annual Dia de Los Muertos celebration Nov. 2-4, on the Plaza in Mesilla, New Mexico, featuring altars, Day of the Dead artists, food, music, dancers. Nov 2, 2-8pm; Nov 3, 10am-9pm; and festivities continue on Nov 4, 10am-5pm. On Nov 2, 6pm, the annual candlelight Procession begins on the Plaza and continues to the Old Mesilla Cemetery at 6:45pm. Donation of non-perishable food items is encouraged. All proceeds from this event go to Community of Hope and Casa de Peregrinos Food Pantry. No pets, no smoking on the Plaza per Town of Mesilla ordinance. This community fund raising event is free to the public. Info: Calavera Coalition New México, facebook.com/CalaveraCoalitionNM or firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 4 – South Valley Día De Los Muertos: The 26th Annual South Valley Día De Los Muertos Marigold Parade and Celebration in Albuquerque, New México will be held on November 4, the parade begins at 2pm at the Bernalillo Sheriff”s Substation at Centro Familiar and Isleta. Music, altars, food and art vendors to follow the parade at the Westside Community Center 1250 Isleta Blvd SW to 7pm. Come in your best calavera attire! The event is free and open to the public. Info: Centro Familiar and Isleta, Albuquerque, NM
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