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Dia de los muertos

November 3, 2012

By: Abbie Ray, Work and Travel Program Assistant

Yesterday, the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) ended. Dia de los Muertos has become observed worldwide and ingrained in American culture. The holiday falls on two Catholic Holidays – All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls Day (November 2) and follows the ubiquitous holiday of Halloween. Dia de los Muertos brings friends and family together to remember people have sense died. Sugar skulls and marigolds are the two most common symbols seen at the celebrations. The marigold is a flower traditionally used to honor the dead. Friends and family most often will also bring favorite foods and drinks of the deceased to the ceremony. In our very own Chicago neighborhood of Pilsen, runners brave the cold weather to participate in the annual Carrera de los Muertos 5k Race. Festivities continue in Pilsen with a variety of art shows, musical performances, and traditional face painting.  From all of us at CCI Greenheart, we hope you had a spooky and fun-filled week of celebrations!

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