Friday, November 4, 2016

"Day Of The Dead" Celebration Starts Today At The Spring Preserve

For more than 3,000 years, families have celebrated the Day of the Dead to honor and remember the spirits of the departed. The Springs Preserve’s commemoration blends rich customs with activities such as live theater, dance performances, altars, mariachis, face painting, sugar skull decorating, and arts and craft vendors.

One of the highlights of the family-friendly celebration is the altars local residents, community groups and artists create to honor deceased relatives. Participants decorate the altars with photographs, burning candles and incense, displays of the favorite foods of their loved ones, and recite poems with fun phrases, some that make fun of death to lighten the mood. Music and dance are also part of the traditional celebration.

Guests can vote for their favorite altar in the People’s Choice category of the event’s altar judging contest, awarding cash prizes in categories including Traditional, Artistic, Non Profit and Personal. The total prize money this year is nearly $5,000.

Advance tickets for Dia de Muertos at springspreserve.org are $8 for adults and $5 children ages 3 to 12. Children under age 3 will be admitted free. Springs Preserve members receive half off the regular admission price. Tickets also will be sold at the gate for $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 3-12.

The Springs Preserve’s Día de Muertos celebration is made possible by Wynn Resorts, Cox Communications, Wells Fargo, and Mariana’s Supermarkets. For more information about this and other programs and events at the Springs Preserve, visit springspreserve.org.

November 4 - 6, 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Día de Muertos
Springs Preserve
333 S. Valley View Blvd., (Meadows Ln. Between Alta Dr. and U.S. 95.)

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