Around the El Paso and Las Cruces area, several organizations will celebrate Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead Friday with altars honoring the dead, a variety of traditional foods and music.
The holiday, which dates back to prehistoric times, is celebrated in Mexico and parts of the United States with Hispanic populations. People remember the lives of deceased loved ones by creating altars with sugar skulls, the names of the deceased and foods or items that the deceased enjoyed.
The day follows the Catholic holy day, All Saints Day -- today -- in which Catholics celebrate saints.
Here is a glance at some of the Dia de los Muertos events:
Altar de Muertos -- The Mexican Consulate will have an opening reception for the "Altar de
Muertos" from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at 910 E. San Antonio. The altar will honor the late Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes, author of several books including "The Old Gringo." Following Mexican tradition, "Day of the Dead" bread, tamales and warm chocolate will be served. Free. 533-8555. Dia de los Muertos at Concordia Cemetery -- Music, games and vendors will highlight the festival from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the historic cemetery. Portions of the cemetery will be decorated in the Mexican traditional style with altars, candles and painted skulls. $5; $2 for military and dependents; $2 for children 17 and younger and seniors 60 and older. Proceeds benefit the restoration and preservation of Concordia Cemetery. Sponsored by the Concordia Heritage Association and the Paso del Norte Paranormal Society, ghosts915.com. Dia de los Muertos in Buena Vista -- A parade with calaca dancers, matachines and mobile altars will start at 6 p.m. Friday from the Plaza de las Quarto Culturas (Stones Park) at Vista Hill and Torres, and proceed to 120 Courshesne, the future site of the Centro Artistico y Cultural Buena Vista. A festival with music by Ceiba will continue in the neighborhood until midnight. 886-1892, centroartisticobv.org. Dia de los Muertos in Mesilla -- The Calavera Coalition's annual event will be Friday through Sunday in Mesilla. A fiesta of traditional foods, music, dancing, ofrendas and altars will start at 2 p.m. Friday, followed by a candlelight ceremony to San Albino Cemetery; festivities will continue at noon Saturday and Sunday with music, dancing, art, food and altar-building. Free; a donation of three canned goods is requested for altar set-up. firstname.lastname@example.org, 575-647-2639. Dia de los Muertos at Mercado Mayapan -- Pindekuecha, a traditional music group from Michoacan, will perform during the Dia de los Muertos festival Saturday and Sunday at Mercado Mayapan, 2101 Myrtle. Altars, food, fair-trade artisan goods, and entertainment by Ceiba and Perlitas de Oro also will be featured. 887-1520. Dia de los Muertos Ball -- "Art Celebrates Life," a costume ball to benefit the Border AIDS Partnership, will be Saturday at Olo Gallery, 504 San Francisco. Doors open at 6 p.m.; a silent art auction will be 7-8:30. The auction will feature paper mache skulls painted by local artists, NMSU, UTEP and EPCC art students and Creative Kids. Professional Dia De Los Muertos face paintings will be available at the event. $50; $15 for students. 533-4020. Dia de los Muertos at Lincoln Park -- The public is invited to set up altars and picnic during the event from 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday at Lincoln Park, 4001 Durazno. A posada and music by Fire Danza will be featured; a new mural, "La Catrina," will be unveiled. Car clubs are welcome. 204-1584.
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