Celebrate “Dia De Muertos” In White Center Nov. 1st & 2nd
Dia De Muertos, aka “Day of the Dead,” will be coming to the White Center Community Cultural Center on Nov. 1st and 2nd, and residents are encouraged to participate by building an alter, showing off some artwork or just visiting alters created by others.
This is one of our personally favorite holiday celebrations, not only for us to pay respects to our own departed loved ones, but to enjoy the very interesting and oftentimes humorous culture surrounding it.
The Community Cultural Center is located at 9421 18th Ave SW in White Center.
Here’s more info and a cool-looking flier:
DIA DE MUERTOS OR DAY OF THE DEAD is holiday celebrated in central and southern Mexico during the days of November 1 & 2.
Even though this coincides with the Catholic holiday called All Soul’s & All Saint’s Day, which is celebrated by Folks in parts of Italy, Spain, Central & South America and the Philippines.
The indigenous people of Mexico have combined this with their own ancient beliefs of honoring their deceased loved ones.
They believe that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults allowed to come down.
In most Indian villages, beautiful altars (ofrendas) are made in each home. They are decorated with candles, buckets of flowers (wild marigolds) mounds of fruit, peanuts, plates of food, stacks of tortillas and big Day-of-the-Dead breads called pan de muerto. The altar needs to have lots of food, drinks, salt, bread and water for the weary spirits. Toys and candies are left for the angelitos, and on Nov. 2, cigarettes and shots of mezcal are offered to the adult spirits.
Day of the Dead is a very expensive holiday for these self-sufficient, rural based, indigenous families. Many spend over two month’s income to honor their dead relatives. They believe that happy spirits will provide protection, good luck and wisdom to their families. Ofrenda building keeps the family close.
On the afternoon of Nov. 2, the festivities are taken to the cemetery.
People clean tombs, play cards, listen to the village band and reminisce about their loved ones. Tradition keeps the village close.
Please join us in Celebrating the DIA DE MUERTOS by building an alter, showing off some artwork or just visiting the alters created by others.