What Exactly Is "The Day of the Dead"?

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The Mexican Day of the Dead Celebration is a time of joyful remembrance of deceased loved ones, filled with an array of colors, scents, sounds and stories.


Centered around the Christian observance of All Saints and All Souls Days on November 1 and 2, the celebration includes images and ideas about the roles of ancestors in our lives, that trace back to Mexico’s indigenous peoples. 


Traditionally, people believe that this is the one time of the year when souls can return to earth for a day and commune with their families and friends.   Celebrations include the construction of an ofrenda or home altar to welcome the returning souls, who are honored with flowers, fruits, incense, photos, and their favorite food and drink.


Families will clean and refresh grave sites of loved ones and spend the night in a candle-lit vigil in the cemetery with the whole community. Hospitality and generosity among the living is a very important part of the holiday.  Neighbors and family visit one another, sharing stories, remembrances, and special foods associated with the holiday such as tamales, hot chocolate and a special bread called pan de muerto.


Crafts & Tastings on Main St. 

 ***   3:00 pm - 5:45 pm   ***


Face Painting - Celebrity Day Spa *

Paper Skull Masks - Herbalty Cottage, Filomena's Favorites

Paper Banners - Rosenkrans Pharmacy

Paper Flowers - Creekside Floral, Della's Chocolates

Paper Flags/Flowers - Medina Browsery

Sugar Skull Decorating (sugar) - Daniel's Just What the Doctor Ordered

Sugar Skull Decorating (ceramic) - Brushstrokes *

FREE!  Sugar Skull Decals - Print Shop E. Center St.

Story Hour @ 3:30 pm - The Book Shoppe

Temporary Tattoos - Canalside Tattoo

Food & Drinks

Cookies - Case-Nic Cookies *

Pan de Muerto bread - The Bread Basket

Mexican Herbal Tea - English Rose Tea Shoppe

El Taco Loco Taco Truck - Farmer's Market Site, W. Center St. *

Mexican Inspired Mead Specials - 810 Meadworks *

Mexican Drink Specials - Fitzgibbons *

Mexican Food & Drink Menu - Shirt Factory Café *

* Fee/Customary Prices Apply!

Parade to YMCA


***   6:00 pm, Farmer's Market Site, W. Center St.   ***

*** Free Shuttle Service, W. Center St. <---> YMCA, 6:00 - 9:00 pm ***


Pearl St.

W. Center

Farmer's Market

Main St.

West Ave.

YMCA, 306 Pearl St.

***   6:00 pm - 8:00 pm   ***

Oaxacan Ofrenda by Rosario Family

Oaxacan Sand Painting by Antonio Cruz

Traditional Día de los Muertos food by Mariachi de Oro

Music and Dancing with Conjunto Clásico

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