Multicultural Center invites local residents to commemorate departed loved ones
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Altars and tombs for departed loved ones will be created as part of the Moab Valley Multicultural Center’s upcoming Day of the Dead celebration. Area residents are invited to participate by creating a shrine for a family member or friend who has passed away. Courtesy photo
Altars and tombs for departed loved ones will be created as part of the Moab Valley Multicultural Center’s upcoming Day of the Dead celebration. Area residents are invited to participate by creating a shrine for a family member or friend who has passed away. Courtesy photo
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The Moab Valley Multicultural Center’s annual Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead festival is scheduled for Nov. 3, and the center is inviting local residents to commemorate departed family members, friends or beloved pets by creating their own tombs or altars for the event. Anyone who is interested in creating their own tomb or altar is encouraged to learn. Space for tombs and altars should be reserved by Oct. 11.

Day of the Dead is celebrated from Mexico to Patagonia. and focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember the loved ones who have died. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars decorated with favorite foods, beverages and possessions of the departed. This year, the Multicultural Center is accepting donations from the community for the creation and decoration of tombs or altars.

All proceeds generated from food sales, altars, tombs and activities will go to the Center and its programs. The event will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3. A dance will be held following the Day of the Dead celebration, from 6 to 9 p.m.

To purchase an altar or a tomb, contact the Multicultural Center by email at moabmulticultural@gmail.com, or call 435-259-5444

The center is also seeking volunteers for the event. To volunteer, contact Katlyn Keane at kkeane@mail.smcvt.edu, or Marcia Tendick at mtendick@gmail.com.

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