Dia de los Muertos on Central Avenue in KCK

Our friends at the Central Avenue Betterment Association invite you to participate in the First Annual Central Avenue Day of the Dead Parade on November 4, 2017 from 6 PM to 10 PM.  The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to ask for the well-being of friends and family members who have died and to help support their spiritual journey. Prior to Spanish colonization in the 16th century, the celebration took place at the beginning of summer. Gradually, it was associated with October 31, November 1 and November 2 to coincide with the Western Christian triduum of “Allhallowtide”: All Saints' Eve, All Saints' Day, and All Souls' Day.

Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called “Ofrendas”, honoring the deceased using “Calaveras”, Aztec marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.

Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess “Mictecacihuatl” The holiday has spread throughout the world, being absorbed within other deep traditions for honoring the dead.

It has become a national symbol and as such is taught (for educational purposes) in the nation's schools. In 2008, the tradition was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

Learn more and sign up to be a part of the offerings contest, here.