The Day of the Dead (el Día de los Muertos), is a Mexican holiday where 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 from October 31-November 2. While October 31 is Halloween, November 2 is All Souls Day or the Day of the Dead.
According to tradition, the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31 and the spirits of children can rejoin their families for 24 hours. The spirits of adults can do the same on November 2.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center will commemorate Day of the Dead on Tuesday, November 1, from 6 to 8 p.m., with free activities for the entire family. There will be a special showing of the “Coco” movie, along with free food and snacks.
There will also be an altar on display for attendees to honor their loved ones who have passed away, with pictures, candles, and treats. You can bring photos of your loved ones to leave on the altar.
There are several ways you can participate. You can donate any of the items listed below or sign up to be a volunteer.
Donations of the items listed below are welcome. If you are interested in donating items not listed, please contact our office at 214-670-8418.
- Candles (all colors)
- Face Paint
- Hot Chocolate
- Pastries (Cakes, Mexican Sweet Bread)
- Sugar Skull Decorations
- Artificial Flowers (Marigolds, Roses)
We are also in need of volunteers (ages 16 and up) for the following positions:
- Face Painters
- Servers (Beverage and Pastries)
If you have any questions about this event, please contact us at 214-670-8418.
Thank you to our 2022 Community Partners!