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FREE Día de los Muertos
Celebrate Día de los Muertos with us on November 2. We will have face painting, painting activities for kids, a free pumpkin to decorate and take home, candy, snacks, canvas painting expo, and information on what Día de los Muertos means. This event is sponsored by the Fox Valley Park Foundation.
What is Dia de los Muertos?
On the Mexican holiday known as the Day of the Dead (el Día de los Muertos), families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration. A blend of Mesoamerican ritual, European religion and Spanish culture, the holiday is celebrated each year on November 1-2.
El Día de los Muertos is not, as is commonly thought, a Mexican version of Halloween, though the two holidays do share some traditions, including costumes and parades. On the Day of the Dead, it’s believed that the border between the spirit world and the real world dissolve. During this brief period, the souls of the dead awaken and return to the living world to feast, drink, dance and play music with their loved ones. In turn, the living family members treat the deceased as honored guests in their celebrations, and leave the deceased’s favorite foods and other offerings at gravesites or on the ofrendas built in their homes.