This festival is designed to create an opportunity for the entire community to come together and celebrate with food, music, and friends.
There is something for everyone: authentic food, a free kids’ tent, face painting, a live mariachi, art exhibits, and traditionally decorated tombs and altars. The event is free and a variety of Latin cuisine will be available for purchase.
Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated throughout Latin America. It is a time to remember loved ones who have passed on. Traditionally, it is believed that on this day the spirits of the dead can come back to visit their families. In preparation for this holiday, homes are cleaned, decorations are made by hand, traditional foods are cooked, and graves are colorfully decorated, organizers said. Day of the Dead is a time to remember the deceased, but also a time to celebrate life and be joyful with family and friends.
The Day of the Dead Festival is the largest cultural event hosted by the Moab Valley Multicultural Center. All funds raised at the celebration will support the work of the nonprofit center, which is a bilingual resource and community center offering crisis resources, language and life skills assistance, and multicultural youth programs year-round. The event is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 156 N. 100 West.
In other news, the center raised almost $12,000 in the fifth annual Dancing with the Moab Stars
Among its various activities, the center, in cooperation with the Youth Garden Project, distributes weekly care packages to clients and their families. It has also just started its mentorship program, Amiguitos Club, for the 2018-2019 school year. The center partners with BEACON for the annual Día de los Muertos Enrichment Club.
The center offers a drivers license exam class for adults taking English classes. And it hosted a booth at the Moab Pride Festival.
The center provides crisis, interpretation, and advocacy services to the Moab community.