A celebration honoring friends and family members who have passed away, the Dia de los Muertos will be celebrated in downtown Riverbank this year, in addition to Halloween.
Where All Hallows Evening is celebrated on Oct. 31 each year, Day of the Dead is celebrated on Nov. 1 throughout Mexico, particularly in the central and south regions, and by people of Mexican heritage elsewhere.
The holiday involves family and friends gathering to pray for and remember other friends and family members who have died, helping support their spiritual journey.
In Mexican culture it is said, death is viewed as a natural part of the human cycle. Mexicans view it not as a day of sadness but as a day of celebration because their loved ones awake and celebrate with them.
This year, it will be recognized downtown, at the Plaza del Rio Park at the corner of Third and Santa Fe streets, just across from City Hall North on Friday, Nov. 1.
Organizers said there will be an Altar Display throughout the event, with a Catrin and Catrina parade at 6 p.m., cultural dances at 6:30 p.m., a Catrina contest at 7 p.m., and lots of music and food throughout the evening.
They say altar information can be found at http://bit.ly/2iZh4e4 and Catrina and Catrin contest information can be located at http://bit.ly/2kOidtPG.
For additional information, contact Nancy Garcia at 209-869-1891 ext. 105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.