Día de los Muertos
Be sure to check out our page on Día de los Muertos Activities, Workshops and Lectures.Día de Los Muertos is a highly celebrated and significant holiday held throughout Mexico, Latin America and the Southwest. It is a day when homage is paid with prayers, offerings of food and the building of altars to those who have gone before us. Each region has its unique style of celebration. In Arizona the Annual Dia de Los Muertos, a Celebration of Life, is the day when La Mascarada (The Dance of the Nagual Masks) is held. The tradidtional date is November 2nd, and the festival takes place on the first Sunday of November at Pioneer Park, in Mesa. Death is believed to be an integral part of life and a means of passing into the afterlife. The idea of death is to be accepted without fear and often has a comical connotation. Since pre-Columbian times, the skull has been a symbol of transition. The Calacas Encantadas (enchanted skulls) act as clowns during this festival which allows the audience a chance to participate in the energetic dance which mocks death while exhibiting a passionate exuberance for life.
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