Dia De Los Muertos, or Day Of The Dead celebrations in Mexico can be traced back to a
pre-Columbian past. This is a time for families to recognize and remember the souls of
the departed. However this is not a time for mourning - This is a time to enjoy life!
Frances Ann Day summarizes the three-day celebration, the Day of the Dead—
|“||On October 31, All Hallows Eve, the children make a children's altar to invite the angelitos (spirits of dead children) to come back for a visit. November 1 is All Saints Day, and the adult spirits will come to visit. November 2 is All Souls Day, when families go to the cemetery to decorate the graves and tombs of their relatives. The three-day fiesta filled with marigolds, the flowers of the dead; muertos (the bread of the dead); sugar skulls; cardboard skeletons; tissue paper decorations; fruit and nuts; incense, and other traditional foods and decorations.||”|
—Frances Ann Day, Latina and Latino Voices in Literature
This year I took part in the Dia De Los Muertos celebration with Maude Kerns Art Center.
It was a joyous celebration featuring art, music, and dancing.
Here are a few highlights from the opening.
I was honored to have my art chosen by a jury for this wonderful event.
To see this amazing show and all the pieces on display visit
Maude Kerns Art Center in person, or virtually at