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A Time to Say Hello, Not Goodbye

Article by Joe Contreras, Latin Life Denver Media

Dia de los Muertos continues to grow in popularity across the country and in Colorado. Dozens of commemorations, parades and activities are taking place in a variety of settings. From churches, schools, museums, galleries and private homes the tradition of remembering loved ones who have passed on has gained almost as much popularity as Halloween.

The Tri-Institutional Annual Dia De Los Muertos was held Thursday October 30th at the St. Cajetan’s Center on Denver’s Auraria Campus. The day long program was titled “Honoring Our Ancestors” brought together students and faculty from Metropolitan State University, Community College of Denver and the University of Colorado Denver.

Nearly 300 attendees took part in a variety of events that included sugar skull decorating, face painting and a delicious a lunch of traditional food that included tamales, pan muerto, (dead bread) and horchata (A milky rice-based drink sweet spiced with cinnamon.

They were treated to performances by the Huiziloptchili Aztec Dancers, Groupo Sabor Latino and Mariachi “Los Correcaminos (roadrunners. 2 MX 2 performed a rap version of Rudolfo Corky Gonzales’ ” Yo Soy Joaquín”.

Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a centuries year old Mexican/Aztec tradition than honors, remembers and celebrates loved ones who have departed.

In her writings in “Words of Wisdom” Author Juana Bordas states:

This week we celebrate Dia de los Muertos, Halloween, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day – a time when there is an aperture or opening between this world and the next. In the Catholic tradition, Novemnber 1st is All Souls Day and we remember those who have gone before us. Similarly, Halloween, the hollowed eve, goes back to ancient times and includes celebrating the harvest.

There is a marked difference, however, between Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. Halloween speaks of ghosts and goblins, vampires and zombies, witches and devils, all disguises to scare away bad spirits.

Dia de los Muertos invites our loved ones back. We remember them, share their stories, ask them to guide and protect us. This week join us for Words of Wisdom about Dia de los Muertos – reconnect to your ancestors and integrate their life lessons into your life’s journey.

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