Menifee’s Dia de los Muertos celebration brings remembrance, joy to many

Face painting on this child will depict a sugar skeleton that will portray the soul of a departed family soul that may come on Menifee’s Dia de los Muertos celebration in Central Park, Oct. 29. Valley News/Tony Ault photo
It was a time of remembering long lost family members, not in grief but in joy and a time to create altars to bring them back for a day as more than 1,500, mostly Mexican and Latin American families, gathered for Menifee’s Dia de los Muertos celebration Friday, Oct. 29. The huge colorful celebration, only two days before Halloween, was not to frighten children but to bring peace to their families and moments to remember their past relatives and friends with pride. The event held at Menifee’s Central Park swelled with more and more people, children with their faces painted as skeletons and dressed in colorful costumes, went well into the night. Dia de los Muertos is a cel
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