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Monday, October 8, 2012

Day of the Dead Celebration @ Utah Cultural Celebration Center (West Valley City, November 2)

Celebrate Mexican Heritage and Culture at Day of the Dead Celebration

WHAT:              Una Mano Amiga and The Utah Cultural Celebration Center present the 9th annual Day of the Dead altar display and community gathering, a folk art exhibit and event recognizing this significant and expressive Mexican holiday. The free celebration features a variety of exciting, educational, and hands-on activities for the whole family.
WHEN:             Altar Display
October 29 - November 6, 2012
Mon - Thurs, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and by arrangement

Day of the Dead Celebration
November 2, 2012
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

WHERE:           Utah Cultural Celebration Center
                        1355 West 3100 South
                        West Valley City, UT 84119
WHO:               Everyone is invited to the altar display and Day of the Dead celebration free of charge.

WHY:                The Day of the Dead is actually a two-day Mexican holiday celebrated November 1-2. 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 2, 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 the altar, celebration or other events at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center call 801-965-5100 or visit culturalcelebration.org.      

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