Community Dia de los Muertos happening Nov. 2

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Winters Community Corazón
Special to the Express

Winters Community Corazón (WCC) is proud to host Dia de los Muertos on Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Gazebo in Winters Rotary Park.

The Dia de los Muertos celebration features entertainment from Mariachi Puente, Jimena Izquierdo and Folklorico. WCC will provide altar space available for families to use. Residents are requested to bring a photocopy of their loved ones to add to the community altar or bring their “shoe-box” altars for the event.

WCC is hosting a contest for Best Catrin and Best Catrina with cash prizes. Hot Chocolate and Pan de Muerto will be provided by El Pueblo Meat Market & Taqueria.

Jesse Loren, board chair, said Winters Community Corazón is always looking for volunteers. Interested community members who would like to help should send an email to info@WintersCorazon.org.

History of celebration
The first Día de los Muertos community celebration was hosted in 2018 by the Winters Hispanic Advisory Committee.

Día de los Muertos is a time to celebrate and remember loved ones who have passed. The belief is that on Nov. 2 (All Souls Day or the Day of the Dead) the spirits of loved ones can rejoin their families for 24 hours.

There is symbolism behind many of the traditions associated with Día de los Muertos. The marigolds help lead the way and brightly colored papel picado banners allows a passage for souls to travel and visit. Many set out their loved ones favorite foods and treats.

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