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November 7 – 7th Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration in Downtown Santa Ana

November 5, 2009

NocheDeAltares2009From Noche de Altares – Saturday, November 7th 2009, 2-10PM, at Fiesta Marketplace (Corner of Bush and 3rd), which is accessible by OCTA Routes 53, 64, and 83.

Noche de Altares is a free, family-friendly, community event organized and run entirely by a large group of volunteers from El Centro Cultural de México, Calacas Inc., and several other local businesses and organizations. Every year, these volunteers work tirelessly to make each event better than the last and truly beneficial to the community they serve.

Noche de Altares is a community-based event celebrating Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), one of México’s oldest, indigenous festivals. Organized by volunteers, the purpose of the celebration is to honor the ancient traditions of the festival and bring community members together through art, culture, and compassion.

For one night, families, students, community organizations, activists, artists, and businesses are invited to build an altar in memory of a deceased loved one or to bring awareness to a social issue.

Participants in past events have dedicated their altars to their parents, siblings, and friends. They have also dedicated their altars to soldiers who have died in war, women who have made a significant impact in history, and people who have died of AIDS, cancer, and diabetes. Since 2003, the event has almost tripled in the number of altars displayed. This year our goal is 40 altars.

In addition to viewing beautifully created altars, attendees will be entertained by cultural performances and live music. Children can get their face painted and participate in free, art workshops. Local artists will be selling their wares and local restaurants will be selling their most delicious dishes. Finally, attendees will have a photo opportunities with La Catrina, the modern-day icon of Día de los Muertos created by Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada.

For more information, please contact Jackie Cordova by email jackie@calacasinc.com or by phone (714) 662-2002.

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