Celebrate “Day Of The Dead” In Burien Nov. 1st & 2nd

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A special Dia de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead” celebration will take place Saturday and Sunday Nov. 1st through 2nd from 10am to 6pm at the Burien Community Center, located at 425 SW 144th Street (map below).

This is a first-time collaboration between Burien Parks, the Highline Historical Society and Para los Ninos, and it should be a fun and interesting time for all, both living and dead.

Everyone is invited to help commemorate their deceased loved ones with “offrendas,” or offerings through alters that include fanciful foods, symbols, photos and even artifacts that honor that person’s life.

According to Mexican legend:

Many people believe that during the Day of the Dead, it is easier for the souls of the departed to visit the living.

People will go to cemeteries to communicate with the souls of the departed, and will build private altars, containing the favorite foods and beverages, and photos and memorabilia, of the departed.

The intent is to encourage visits by the souls, so that the souls will hear the prayers and the comments of the living directed to them.

Celebrations can take a humorous tone, as celebrants remember funny events and anecdotes about the departed.

Here’s an interesting video that shows some of what this fascinating day is all about:

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