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This is the first year that the Creative Arts Guild will host Dalton’s Dia de los Muertos celebration and we could not be more proud to be the new home of an event that celebrates ancestry, and incorporates art and ritual – celebrating a culture that is so rich and vibrant in our community.

We invite our entire community to come out and celebrate with us on October 27! If this is your first Dia de los Muertos event (like it is ours) come out and learn about this amazing and beautiful traditional celebration and enjoy live music, traditional food, wine and beer, prizes for costumes and altar displays, kids activities and more!

FREE ADMISSION AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!!!

Live Music, Traditional Food Vendors, Beer and Wine, Traditional Clothing and Jewelry Vendors, Kids Activities, Costume Contests with PRIZES for Adults and Children, Traditional Altar Contest with Cash Prize for the Winner!

If you would like to learn more about this event and how to create an altar or create and authentic Catrina or Catrin costume for the event, please join us for a workshop on October 16 – 5:30-7:30pm at the Creative Arts Guild.

For more information about the event or the workshop, contact Leanne at leanne@creativeartsguild.org or 706.217.6677.

Dia de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead—is a holiday celebrated on November 1. Although marked throughout Latin America, Dia de los Muertos is most strongly associated with Mexico, where the tradition originated.

Dia de los Muertos honors the dead with festivals and lively celebrations, a typically Latin American custom that combines indigenous Aztec ritual with Catholicism, brought to the region by Spanish conquistadores. (Dia de los Muertos is celebrated on All Saints Day and All Souls Day, minor holidays in the Catholic calendar.)

Assured that the dead would be insulted by mourning or sadness, Dia de los Muertos celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties, and activities the dead enjoyed in life. Dia de los Muertos recognizes death as a natural part of the human experience, a continuum with birth, childhood, and growing up to become a contributing member of the community.

On Dia de los Muertos, the dead are also a part of the community, awakened from their eternal sleep to share celebrations with their loved ones.