Dia de los Muertos to be celebrated with art, live music, and dancing

LAKE ELSINORE – Studio 395 in conjunction with the Lake Elsinore Downtown Merchants Association is presenting Dia de los Muertos celebration on the historic streets of downtown Lake Elsinore Saturday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 9 p.m. Dia de los Muertos is a traditional Mexican holiday to honor those you love and respect that have passed away.

To add to the excitement of the event here will be ballet folkloric dancers and live music throughout the event featuring: Sal & Isela Con Los Salerosos and Friend of The Devil.

Participants are able to compose alters or contribute to one of the four unique community alters honoring specific

Musicians: Artists of any time, nationality or genre.

Artists: Visual artists of any time, nationality or genre.

Military: The noble who fought and died for liberty.

Lake Elsinore Notables: Past residents of Lake Elsinore.

Simply bring a picture and/or a memento connected to the honored deceased to be placed on the community alter for the evening. Say a prayer to wish them well and hope they will watch over you.

La Unica Bakery will be selling traditional Day of the Dead skull bread and all the shops downtown will still have their Halloween decorations in the windows. Visit Mora’s Antiques and see the special Dia de los Muertos art of Chad Mora showing in “Backroom” gallery.

Maria’s Collectables also has a “Mezzanine” gallery presenting Day of the Dead art. Also on display will be an interesting collection of traditional sugar skulls created by local youth group at Planet Youth and Studio 395 artists. If you create Dia de los Muertos art and would like to display some pieces, contact Suzie Rupnow at (951) 805-0241.

Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember those who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it is a national holiday, and all banks are closed.

The celebration takes place on Nov. 1, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day (Nov. 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.

Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. The holiday has spread throughout the world: In Brazil, Dia de Finados is a public holiday that many Brazilians celebrate by visiting cemeteries and churches. In Spain, there are festivals and parades, and, at the end of the day, people gather at cemeteries and pray for their dead loved ones.

Similar observances occur elsewhere in Europe, and similarly themed celebrations appear in many Asian and African cultures.

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