October 18, 2002

“Día de los Muertos: Past and Present”

Saturday, October 26, 2002, 11:00 to 5:00 .m.
Opening ceremony 12:00 p.m. noon Altar Exhibitions,
Day of the Dead
Workshops 1:30 - 4:30 pm.
Historic tours only Saturday
Sunday, October 28, 2002, 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Altar Exhibitions, Typical Day of the Dead food
Workshops 1:30 - 4:00 pm.

The Day of the Dead, is a occasion for celebrating, feasting, dancing, and making Day of the Dead folkart. The Sherman Heights Community Center invites you to celebrate with us the reunion of the living and non-living. The Community Center is honored to provide a space where members of the community, who for the majority find themselves far from their ancestral grave sites, to construct altars and bring offerings.

This year, local residents of Mexican heritage will create a dozen altars inside the Sherman Heights Community Center representing many areas of Mexico (Oaxaca, Guanajuato, Mexico City, Jalisco, Michoacan, Guerrero, Sonora, Mexicali, California, Durango, Guadalajara, Children’s Altar, Cesar Chavez School, Memory of Abducted Children, Remembering Maria Felix and Pedro Infante). The Villa Montezuma Museum, an 1887 Victoria mansion on the National Register of Historic Places, will have an altar dedicated to Jesse Shepard, the musician.

Also, 12 local artists will create theme altars throughout the community at various homes with the Sherman Heights Historic District. Street tours available only on homes with the Sherman Heights Historic District. Street tours available only on Saturday. Altars are prepared as a tribute, to loved ones, whose souls will pay a visit. The offerings are placed on a table, usually covered by a white table cloth.

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