Join AARP Nevada and dozens of other local community organizations to celebrate a centuries-old tradition rooted in Latin American cultures, this Friday through Sunday, Nov. 4-6, from 4-9pm at the Springs Preserve. The Springs Preserve will present its colorful ninth annual Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) event.
This 3,000-year-old Hispanic celebration honoring loved ones is full of joy and tradition. This family-friendly event blends rich customs with exciting activities such as live theater and dance performances, altars, mariachis, face painting, sugar skull decorating and an art exhibition.
One of the highlights of the family-friendly celebration is the altars local residents, community groups and artists create to honor deceased relatives. Participants decorate the altars with photographs, burning candles and incense, and display favorite foods of their loved ones. Poems with fun phrases and some that make fun of death are recited to lighten the mood; also, music and dance are part of the traditional celebration.
Tickets go fast, so don't wait.
In advance: $8 for adults, $5 for children (ages 3-12). Day of: $10 for adults, $6 for children (ages 3-12). Members receive 50% off. Free for children ages 2 and under.
Prizes and categories for the 2016 altar contest are as follows:
TRADITIONAL (3 Prizes)
1st Place – $1,000; 2nd Place –$600; 3rd Place –$400
ARTISTIC: (2 Prizes)
1st Place – $1,000; 2nd Place – $500
NONPROFIT: (1 Prize)
PERSONAL: (1 Prize)
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: (1 Prize)