Dia de los Muertos Celebration in Mission District of San Francisco, CA. Photo by Jaredzimmerman (WMF) via Wikimedia Commons.
Halloween gets most of our attention at this time of year, but its arrival also brings Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, an artistically rich Mexican holiday centered around gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The holiday is laden with traditions, including building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed.
For the past few years, Mill Valley Recreation has hosted its own Dia de los Muertos event, a “joyful celebration of dearly departed family, friends and pets” at the Community Center (180 Camino Alto).
The event, set for Saturday, Oct. 29 from 10:30am-1pm, allows children and families to decorate sugar skulls, face painting, snacking on traditional pastries and creating our own memory box. Also, families can drop in on October 28 and view the Center’s Day of the Dead exhibit by local artist, Marsha Heckman.