Courtesy of San Benito High School:
The Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) cultural celebration presented by San Benito High School’s Art, Ceramics, Spanish classes and Migrant Program invites the community to honor, remember and memorialize ancestors and heritage on Saturday, Nov. 2.
Dia de Los Muertos is a traditional holiday in Mexico and the U.S. that celebrates the remembrance of ancestors and others who have passed away. This year, the event lands on Nov. 2, the actual Dia de los Muertos date, as the event will be hosted at the SBHS Visual Arts Building starting at 3 to 7 p.m.
This type of celebration began more than 3,000 years ago in the Aztec civilization and was blended with Catholic traditions of the Spanish conquistadores. It is a loving ritual full of joy and remembrance for those who have left the mortal world. Memories show in altars of the loved ones; photos, mementos, favorite foods, drinks, flowers and music. Rich stories of cherished ones are passed on and death’s veil slips away allowing a glimpse of a life force vibrant still. Bright, beautiful colors and humor represent a vibrant afterlife full of energy and spirit, whereas sad tears may send the spirit a slippery and treacherous path. Candles light their path, and monarch butterflies lead them towards home. Students have created masks, skulls, altars and triptychs memorializing ancestors as inspiration to honor those lost.
Join us for an evening filled with art, culture, performances and smiles across everyone’s faces.
• Mariachi Juvenil Corazón Jalisciense at 3:30 p.m.
• Grupo Folklórico Raices Mexicanas at 4:15 p.m.
• SBHS Ritmo Latino at 4:45 p.m.
• Kalpulli Izkalli Dancers at 5:30 p.m.