Dia de los Muertos in the magic city


The memory of loved ones lost will be fully on display in the Magic City this week. Birmingham is celebrating its nineteenth annual Dia de los Muertos celebration.

The holiday originated in Mexico but is celebrated by Latin American communities around the world. It combines indigenous Aztec rituals with Catholic customs and is linked to All Saints’ Day.

The event will run for four days, November 2-5 at Pepper Palace in Birmingham. The non-profit arts organization Bare Hands Incorporated is hosting the event. Keri Lane is the director of the festival. She said the vacation would help people heal after nearly two years of loss.

“You get together and put on keepsakes and items for the people you’ve lost and invite them to come and celebrate with you on this special night of the year. This year and last year I would say there has been an excessive amount of loss and suffering in our community, and it is a chance for people to come together and mourn together and find the healing. “

She also said decisions about the celebration were made during the Delta variant-fueled coronavirus summer outbreak.

“We had to make this decision in August so that we could have proper planning time with the permission of the city. So, we thought that with the number increasing, we thought that the best solution would be to limit the number of people to limit the number of people and have the festival four nights instead of one night with thousands of people. crowded.

Tickets are limited to one thousand per day. The festival will feature vendors, food trucks, live music and bars. Participants can leave keepsakes for loved ones and deceased pets on public altars at the event.

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