Dal­ton cel­e­brates Dia de los Muer­tos

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A com­mu­nity cel­e­bra­tion of Dia de los Muer­tos in Dal­ton, Ge­or­gia, will in­clude live mu­sic, food ven­dors, kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties, cos­tume con­tests and a tra­di­tional al­tar con­test when Creative Arts Guild cel­e­brates Day of the Dead.

The event will be held Satur­day, Oct. 27, from 5 to 10:30 p.m. at the guild, 520 W. Waugh Street in Dal­ton. Guests may catch a shut­tle to the guild from First Bap­tist Church, 311 N. Thorn­ton Ave.

“We are so thrilled to help present this Dal­ton Dia de los Muer­tos cel­e­bra­tion, and so proud to help host an event that cel­e­brates an­ces­try, in­cor- po­rates art and rit­ual, and cel­e­brates a cul­ture so rich and vi­brant in our com­mu­nity,” says Guild Di­rec­tor Amanda Brown.

Dia de los Muer­tos is all about fam­ily. The cel­e­bra­tion shows rev­er­ence to­ward loved ones who have passed on and whose lives are re­mem­bered. Dia de los Muer­tos is some­times mis­tak­enly thought to be ei­ther a Mex­i­can ver­sion of Hal­loween or a dark and evil fas­ci­na­tion. Nei­ther is true.

Dia de l os Muer­tos hon­ors the dead with fes­ti­vals and lively cel­e­bra­tions, a Latin Amer­i­can cus­tom that com­bines Aztec rit­ual with Catholi­cism brought to the re­gion by Span­ish con­quis­tado- res. Dia de los Muer­tos is cel­e­brated on All Saints Day and All Souls Day.

Be­liev­ing an­ces­tors would not wish mourn­ing or sad­ness, Dia de los Muer­tos in­stead cel­e­brates the lives of the de­ceased with food, drink, par­ties and ac­tiv­i­ties that the dead en­joyed in life. Be­gin­ning Nov. 1, de­ceased rel­a­tives are said to “re­turn to the mor­tal world” to visit their loved ones as hon­ored guests at a party pre­pared for their ar­rival.

To wel­come the de­parted spir­its, elab­o­rate al­tars (ofrenda) are pre­pared on which of­fer­ings are placed such as f ood, drinks, can­dles, pho­tos of the de­ceased and in­cense.

Dia de los Muer­tos at the Creative Arts Guild will in­clude mu­sic and dance per­for­mances by Tamb­o­razo Adix­ion, Tra­di­tional Aztec Dancers, singer Jen­nifer Arana, Xochip­illi, dancers Chine­los de More­los and DJ Sonido Monarca.

An iconic im­age of Dia de los Muer­tos is a tall, fe­male skele­ton wear­ing a large-brimmed hat known as La Ca­t­rina. Adults may en­ter the Ca­t­rina/Ca­trin Cos­tume Con­test to vie for cash prizes. There will be face-paint­ing, arts and crafts, and a kids’ Hal­loween cos­tume con­test with prizes.

For more in­for­ma­tion: www.cre­ativearts­guild.org/events or 706-217-6677.

CREATIVE ARTS GUILD CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

The Mari­achi Skele­ton Band will per­form at Dia de los Muer­tos.

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