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Artists’ call for Dia de Los Muertos at PNA

September 16th, 2009 · No Comments

The Phinney Neighborhood Center is celebrating Dia de Los Muertos on Friday, Nov. 6, and artists are invited to submit Day of the Dead-themed artwork by this Friday.

The traditional Mexican celebration of life and death begins with a candelight procession starting at the PNA at 6532 Phinney Ave. N. at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 6. Then, you can take part in the community altar and enjoy live music, poetry, traditional food and drink, crafts and more. Call (206) 783-2244 for more information.

In Mexico, El Día de los Muertos is a festive and family-centered event, traditionally held on Nov. 1st (Day of the Little Angels) and 2nd (Day of the Dead or all Soul’s Day in Christian tradition). Día de los Muertos celebrations emphasize life and death as part of the same cycle and regard death on friendly and intimate terms. According to beliefs rooted in pre-Columbian traditions, on Dia de los Muertos, the veil between life and death is at its thinnest and the dead can be lured back to us through the scent of marigolds and the temptation of offerings of favorite food and drink. In certain parts of Mexico, an important facet of this celebration is the oferenda, or personal altar, built both in family homes and/or over the graves of loved ones. Traditionally, photographs of the dead at are the altar center, around which are placed offerings of food, drink, candles, flowers, sugar skulls, and personal mementoes. All these items are presented in beautiful displays to honor the returning souls.

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