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Celebrating our Diversity - Día de los Muertos in Fairfield, CA

The City of Fairfield takes pride in being one of the most diverse places in the Bay Area to live, work, and play. Join us on November 2 to celebrate Día de los Muertos. This vibrant celebration of life reflects on some of the rich cultural traditions in our Latino community originating from Mexico. Special live performances will include mariachi, ballet folklorico, and a blessing of the community ofrenda by Aztec dancers. Attendees are encouraged to bring a photo of a deceased family member to share and display on the ofrenda.
Date: Saturday, November 2, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Location: Fairfield Community Center (1000 Kentucky St.)
***This event is free and open to all***
**Food will be available for purchase**
This Mexican holiday takes place on October 31 at midnight through November 2. The first day celebrates youth, and the second day celebrates adults. Families unite to build colorful ofrendas (offerings) with cempasúchiles (marigolds), candles, candy, food, bread, and drinks to offer to the dead as they return from their long journey to visit us.
Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is not a Mexican version of Halloween. Though related, the two annual events differ greatly in traditions and tone. While Halloween is a dark night of terror and mischief, Day of the Dead festivities unfold over two days in an explosion of color and life-affirming joy. Sure, the theme is death, but the point is to demonstrate love and respect for deceased family members. In towns and cities throughout Mexico, revelers don funky makeup and costumes, hold parades and parties, sing and dance, and make offerings to lost loved ones.
The rituals are rife with symbolic meaning. The more you understand about this feast for the senses, the more you will appreciate it.
The ofrenda (Spanish for offerings) is an altar with collection of items gathered  for the annual and traditional Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos. Families come together to build colorful ofrendas with cempasúchiles (marigolds), candles, candy, food, Pan de Muertos (Day of the Dead bread), and drinks to offer to the dead as they return from their long journey to visit us. The ofrenda is a safe space where people can express their feelings for those who have passed.
Alebrijes are brightly colored Mexican folk-art sculptures of mythical creatures that are typically made of paper mâché or carved from wood. Alebrijes originate from the state of Oaxaca, representing spirit guides in Mexican culture.
Cempasúchiles (marigolds) are the traditional flower for Day of the Dead. The cempasúchitl represents the fragility of life. The strong scent and vibrant color of the flower are said to guide the spirits of our departed loved ones during the celebration of Día de los Muertos.
The sugar skulls represent a departed soul. They are often placed at home on an ofrenda or at a gravestone to honor the dead. Many of the skulls have the deceased persons name written across the forehead and are decorated in bright colors.

La Ciudad de Fairfield se enorgullece de ser uno de los lugares más diversos en el Área de la Bahía para vivir, trabajar y jugar. Únase a nosotros el 2 de noviembre para celebrar el Día de los Muertos. Esta vibrante celebración de la vida refleja algunas de las ricas tradiciones culturales en nuestra comunidad latina originaria de México. Las presentaciones especiales en vivo incluirán mariachi, ballet folklórico y una bendición de la comunidad ofrecida por bailarines aztecas. Se anima a los asistentes a traer una foto de un familiar fallecido para compartir y mostrar en la ofrenda.
El Altar también conocido cFecha: sábado 2 de noviembre de 2019
Hora: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM.
Ubicación: Fairfield Community Center (1000 Kentucky St.)

*** Este evento es gratuito y abierto a todos ***
** La comida estará disponible para la compra **
El Altar también conocido como la Ofrenda es una colección de artículos que se reúnen para la celebración anual y tradicional Mexicana del Día de los Muertos. Las familias se unen para construir coloridas ofrendas con cempasúchiles, velas, dulces, comida, pan y bebidas para ofrecer a los muertos cuando regresan de su largo viaje para visitarnos. La Ofrenda es un espacio seguro donde las personas pueden expresar sus sentimientos hacia aquellos que ya pasaron.
Los Alebrijes son esculturas de arte popular Mexicano de brillantes colores de criaturas míticas que generalmente están hechas de papel maché o talladas en madera. Los Alebrijes se originan en el estado de Oaxaca y están representados como guías espirituales en la cultura mexicana.
Los cempasúchiles son la flor tradicional para el Día de los Muertos. El Cempasúchitl representa la fragilidad de la vida. Se dice que el fuerte aroma y el vibrante color de la flor guían a los espíritus de nuestros seres queridos difuntos durante la celebración del Día de los Muertos.
Las calaveras de azúcar representan un alma difunta, a menudo se colocan en casa en una Ofrenda o en una tumba de Piedra para honrar a los muertos. Muchos de los cráneos tienen el nombre de los difuntos escritos en la frente y están decorados en colores brillantes.
Se supone que las flores de papel simbolizan el Cempasúchitl y es una artesanía tradicional mexicana-popular que se usa para el Día de los Muertos. Las flores de papel se utilizan como decoraciones del Día de los Muertos para colocar en la Ofrenda junto con otras pertenencias de la persona fallecida.

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