Día de los Muertos
Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a vibrant community celebration honoring both los muertos and the beauty of life. Day of the Dead celebrations began in Central America, and have roots in indigenous and Catholic traditions. Sweet sugar skulls, bright colors, and bitter-smelling czempazuchitl (calendula, or marigold) flowers evoke vibrant, ephemeral life and bitter, inevitable death–embracing both.
Each year Tieton Arts & Humanities creates one huge community altar for everyone to add to. Visitors can bring photos of loved ones, write messages, help paint, and bring candies or breads. This provides a special opportunity to remember the special people in our lives that are no longer with us.
This celebration features arts and crafts activities, sand painting by Seattle-based Oaxacan artist Fulgencio Lazo, face painting, sugar skull decorating and more! The celebration in 2017 even featured a parade around Tieton Square. For more information, including the dates for this year's celebration, go here.