I’m Celebrating the Dead, Are You?

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Día de Los Muertos – Things to Know

Day of the dead-LaBlonde-lablonbe realty1. It’s a celebration: Día de los Muertos is not a time for mourning, but a time for generous jubilation to celebrate dead loved ones.

2. It has roots in Aztec traditionDay of the Dead origins are believed to date back to the Aztecs, who ritually offered gifts to the goddess Mictecacihuatl, Lady of the Dead. The festivities begin on the night of Oct. 31 and continue through All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, which fall on Nov.1 & 2.

3. Altars & offerings have special meaning: Some view Día de los Muertos as the day that the dead return to earth; so, naturally, you must prepare to greet them with their favorite dishes and spirits. Relatives typically adorn altars and graves with several symbolic items: pictures, candles, marigolds, sugar skulls, bread, glasses of water, and a myriad of other items beloved by the deceased.

Dia de los Muertos Festival

When: Sat., Oct. 24 – Sun., Oct. 25, 2015
Where: Mesa Arts Center
Start time: Sat 10:00am / Sun 12:00 Noon
End time: 5:00pm both days

Desert Botanical Garden Event

Folkloric Dance & Dinner  Oct. 29  $69
Festival: Sat. Oct. 31 –  Sun. Nov 1, 2015
Where:1201 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix
Start time: 10:00am – 6:30 pm