The Oak Park Community Celebrates Día de los Muertos
Día de los Muertos is a predominantly Mexican holiday that honors those who have passed and celebrates life for the living. The Día de los Muertos that we know today represents a fusing of the beliefs of indigenous groups in Mexico and Roman Catholicism. The multi-day holiday, spanning from October 31st - November 2, has roots that reach back 3,000 years to Pre-Columbian times.
Día de los Muertos is celebrated thought-out Mexico and by people of Mexican ancestry living in the United States. Observances include altars constructed in homes and at gravesites where family and friends can gather to pray and celebrate the lives of those who have died .
Oak Park’s celebration of Día de los Muertos is organized by an all-volunteer group of community members inspired to promote and maintain this tradition. This event helps unite Sacramento and the Oak Park community through the promotion of arts, culture and the traditional Mexican practice of Día de los Muertos.
This celebration included a variety of activities like tributes, or altars, for deceased loved ones, live traditional Mexican music, dance performances, food vendors, artists, free kids’ crafts. There was truly no better way to celebrate diversity and embrace unity while remembering our loved ones in the process.