educational, and hands-on activities for the whole family.
Day of the Dead altar display:
November 1 – November 4, 2010
Monday 6 p.m.
Tuesday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Day of the Dead community celebration:
Monday, November 1, 2010
6 – 9 p.m.
Everyone is invited to see the altar and attend the opening reception and celebration free of charge
The Day of the Dead is actually a two-day Mexican holiday celebrated on November 1 and 2. For two days and nights families and friends gather together with other community members to pay respects to and remember the dead. Altars are constructed at gravesites or in homes with food, beverages and other items once owned or appreciated by the deceased. It is believed that for these two nights – one for children; the other for adults – the spirits of the dead return to be with family and friends. The more elaborate the altar, the more likely the dead will return to be with loved ones once again. Objects representing the person in real life are used to entice the spirit to travel great lengths to return to earth, if only for one night. Day of the Dead bread, flowers, water, mirrors, sugar skulls, candles, skeletons and Catholic iconography are traditional items used as part of Day of the Dead altars. The rituals and altar construction date back to the ancient Aztecs, ancestors to Mexicans.
On November 1, the community altar will be on display at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, along with many activities and events, including traditional Mexican food, music, dance ceremonies, games and paper flower making/sugar skull decorating for kids. Bring the whole family to experience this one-of-a-kind celebration of Mexican heritage and culture here in Utah.
For more information about this exhibit or event, or other happenings at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, please call Michael Christensen at 801-965-5108.
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Michael Christensen, Folklorist/Cultural Specialist
West Valley City | Utah Cultural Celebration Center
1355 West 3100 South
West Valley City, Utah 84119