At the 13th Annual Noche de Altares
Saturday, November 7th, 2015
12:00pm - 10:00pm

Since 2002, El Centro Cultural de Mexico has been organizing Noche de Altares, or a Night of Altars, a community based Dia de los Muertos celebration, where families, students, community organization and businesses come together to create an authentic cultural experience that reflects Mexican tradition and what makes up our communities today.

Organized by volunteers, the purpose of the celebration is to honor the ancient traditions of the festival and bring community members together through art, culture, and compassion. For one night, families, students, community organizations, activists, artists, and businesses are invited to build an altar in memory of a deceased loved one or to bring awareness to a social issue. By making altars, participants are inviting fellow community members into their own life and passions for a loved one. Over the years we have seen altars bring strangers together through mutual compassion, understanding and dialogue. Families reunite to remember and honor their loved ones.

In addition to viewing beautifully created altars, attendees will be entertained by cultural performances and live music. Children can get their face painted and participate in free, art workshops. Local artists will be selling their wares and local restaurants will be selling their most delicious dishes. Finally, attendees will have a photo opportunities with La Catrina, the modern-day icon of Dia de los Muertos created by Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada.

Day of the Dead (Spanish: Dia de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and acknowledged around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have passed away.

Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using marigolds and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed.

Our #SelenaAltar is a labor of love among friends and fellow Selena Fans to celebrate the life and memory of Selena Quintanilla-Perez.
In preparation, we decided not to include any represention of death such as sugar skulls etc. instead focus on Selena's smile, love and life.

Check out more photos on Instagram!

Our Altar was recently featured in a article, Oct 27, 2016:
"16 Dia de los Muertos altars that beautifully honor Selena Quintanilla"

The fan account @LoveSelenaOfficial took their devotion to Selena a step further with this incredibly detailed altar.
Check out the full list HERE

We Welcome You To Be Part of the #SelenaAltar
Mail in your favorite Selena photo, a photo of Selena with her family and/or with Chris.
We'll add your photo to our altar and include your name here on!
Deadline November 6, 2015

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Helping to keep Selena's music, memory and legacy alive since 1995!

published: 10/15/2015