Community members can remember their dearly departed while celebrating at Day of the Dead events in Tacoma starting this weekend.
Here’s the lowdown:
What it is: People in Latin American countries honor deceased relatives and friends through a variety of traditions on Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, observed Nov. 1 and 2. “The belief is that death is not the end, but rather the beginning of a new stage in life; therefore these celebrations are joyous, not mournful,” according to a Tacoma Art Museum news release.
Where: Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave. Tacoma
Saturday: Artist Fulgencio Lazo and assistants will create an elaborate “tapete” sand painting in the museum lobby. Community groups will assemble altars in remembrance of their deceased loved ones.
Members of the general public can also contribute remembrances to a community altar. Folks can bring photos of departed relatives and friends, notes, toys, trinkets and keepsakes but no perishable items.
Online: People who can’t make it to the museum can contribute post remembrances at the museum’s Flickr page (www.Flickr.com/Groups/TacomaArtMuseum) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/pages/Day-of-the-Dead-Tacoma)
Nov. 1: Día de los Muertos will culminate in a community festival of dance, music, and hands-on art activities at the museum from noon to 5 p.m. Admission will be free that day for the event.
– Debby Abe, The News Tribune