Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a vibrant community celebration honoring both los muertos and the beauty of life.
Day of the Dead celebrations began in Central America and have roots in indigenous and Catholic traditions. Sweet sugar skulls, bright colors, and bitter-smelling cempazuchitl (calendula) flowers evoke vibrant, ephemeral life and bitter, inevitable death—embracing both.
Each year Tieton Arts & Humanities hosts a celebration and creates a large community altar for everyone to add to. Visitors can bring photos of loved ones, write messages, help decorate, and bring candies or breads. This provides a special opportunity to remember those who are no longer with us.
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Community Celebration at the Mighty Tieton Warehouse
Sunday, October 29 from 12 - 5pm
Vibrant, lively and traditional music and dance performances, face painting, arts and craft activities, sugar skull decorating, community altars, and Mexican food will be on site for purchase. View the sandpainting by Oaxacan artist Fulgencio Lazo, an altar and tzompantli installation (traditional Aztec piece) by artist and poet Raul Sanchez, a film presentation by YVTECH Digital Media Program students, and poetry by Davis High School students. Come dressed as La Catrina or El Catrin as there will be a best-dressed contest and a parade around Tieton Square!
Community Altar Exhibition
October 29 - November 19
Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 12 - 3pm
The Community Altar and gallery is open for public viewing during gallery hours. The exhibition features a sandpainting by Oaxacan artist Fulgencio Lazo, exhibits on the sacred traditions, contemporary and traditional altars, sugar skull displays, paper marigolds, and papel picado.
Tieton Arts & Humanities is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.