Community members invited to build Day of the Dead altars
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Mercedes Silveira-Gouveia assembles an "ofrenda" in the lobby of the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts on Monday, Oct. 28.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
Mercedes Silveira-Gouveia assembles an "ofrenda" in the lobby of the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts on Monday, Oct. 28. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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The South Side Community Organization is inviting community members to build altars in remembrance of relatives and friends who have died during the annual Dia de Los Muertos celebration.

This is the fourth year the Dia de Los Muertos — Day of the Dead — celebration allows community members to build altars, called "ofrendas," in memory of someone who has died.

The event is at the Guadalupe Center, 126 W. First St., where altars will be built on Thursday beginning at 11 a.m. Ofrendas are on public display from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2.

South Side Community Organization board member Esther Kelly said anyone in the community is invited to build an ofrenda to honor the memory of a deceased family member or friend.

“We are celebrating our deceased loved ones — celebrating their spirit as we remember their life,” Kelly said.

Each ofrenda can have pictures and mementos of the deceased person to remember his or her life. Favorite foods and drinks are often included.

An ofrenda also includes an item that represents each of the four elements of earth, air, fire and water.

Silveira-Gouveia and Walter Gouveia built an ofrenda for the community on Monday, Oct. 28, in the lobby of the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts. On Saturday, Oct. 26, the Grand hosted a series of workshops on Day of Dead activities, including ofrenda construction, Catrina doll decoration and skeleton and mask making.

Both Friday and Saturday will feature a blessing of the ofrendas at the Guadalupe Center.

Contact Glenn Moore at 830-4252 or gmoore@tracypress.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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