Tuesday, October 28, 2014

My favorite UCCC program is back--Do Not Miss

The Utah Cultural Celebration Center presents the 11th annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) community gathering. The free celebration features a variety of exciting, educational, and hands-on activities for the whole family, plus a chance to experience a folk art exhibit recognizing this significant and expressive Mexican holiday.



October 27 - November 6


November 1, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Utah Cultural Celebration Center

1355 West 3100 South
West Valley City, UT  

Gallery Hours

Monday - Thursday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM, or by arrangement

More Information

The Day of the Dead is actually a two-day Mexican holiday celebrated November 1-2. For two days and nights families and friends gather together with other community members to pay respects to and remember the dead. Altars are constructed at grave sites or in homes with food, beverages and other items once owned or appreciated by the deceased. It is believed that for these two nights – one for children; the other for adults – the spirits of the dead return to be with family and friends. The more elaborate the altar, the more likely the dead will return to be with loved ones once again. Objects representing the person in real life are used to entice the spirit to travel great lengths to return to earth, if only for one night. Day of the Dead bread, flowers, water, mirrors, sugar skulls, candles, skeletons and Catholic iconography are traditional items used as part of Day of the Dead altars. The rituals and altar construction date back to the ancient Aztecs, ancestors to Mexicans.

For more information about other exhibits or events at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, please call 801.965.5100 or visitwww.culturalcelebration.org. Join the conversation on twitter @WVCUCCC

The Utah Cultural Celebration Center would like to thank the residents of Salt Lake County for their continued support of arts, culture and recreation through the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) Program. When you pay sales tax, one penny out of every $10 is set aside to strengthen our community. Your support matters. Thank you!

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