Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it is a national holiday, and all banks are closed. The celebration takes place on November 1 and 2, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased. (Wikipedia)
The owner of Marisolio, Mary Lou Schuster, is a retired Spanish teacher. As part of her teachings, she loved introducing her students to the traditions and activities of The Day of the Dead. Far from being a morbid or sad occasion, the Dia de los Muertos festivities include making altars or shrines (Ofrenda) to celebrate the lives of departed loved ones, preparing special foods, decorating with scads of candles and marigolds, and even making excursions to cemeteries for graveside songs, prayers, and vigils.
Largely through Mary Lou’s influence, the little town of Murphys has embraced the celebration of Dia de los Muertos, and if you come to town on Saturday, November 2, you can join us for a town wide festival. There will be traditional food, a mariachi band, an Ofrenda Walking Tour, a folk art show, a Catrin contest, and finally a procession to Saint Patrick’s Cemetery.
Saturday, November 2, from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, bring your entire family for an educational and very happy celebration honoring our departed loved ones.