Friday, October 28, 2022

Celebrate Día de Los Muertos with Public Ofrendas and More!

Southwest Detroit has come together to celebrate Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). This community-wide celebration honors loved ones that have passed away. It marks the time of year "when individuals believe the boundaries between the living and the dead become permeable, allowing the souls of the departed to travel back to visit loved ones. Elaborate Ofrendas are created with pictures of loved ones, food, flowers, candles, religious symbols, and other traditional decorations, such as sugar skulls, papel picado (pecked paper) and Pan de Muerto (bread of the dead). In addition, visits to local cemeteries to honor loved ones are common during the celebration." 

This year's celebration features 21 different Ofrendas throughout Southwest Detroit. Metro Detroiters are encouraged to visit Southwest Detroit now through November 6th to see first-hand how people, memories, and lives are honored and remembered through beautiful and elaborate Ofrendas. They have provided a map of where all the Ofrendas are located for anyone that wants to take the tour and learn a little more about this rich and beautiful culture. 

Detroit is an amazing place because we have access to learning more about how other people live, love, and celebrate life just by taking a walk!


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