Day of the Dead, known in the Latino community as “Dia de los Muertos,” is a cultural event celebrating and honoring loved ones who have passed away.
“Ofrendas,” or altars are elaborately made with items that their loved one enjoyed, each item is a reflection of who that person was and what it meant to them. Latinos throughout the world mark this day as a way to honor their dead.
The belief is that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on Oct. 31, and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On Nov. 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them.
Even though it was a wet and dreary day, Milwaukeeans started the celebration on Oct. 31 with the “Dia de los Muertos” 5-kilometer run that began at Walkers Square on Milwaukee’s south side. In the pavilion, young and old gathered inside, away from the wet weather, to paint their faces in the traditional Muertos fashion.
Some participants went all out and created wonderful costumes in honor of the dead. This event is not just for those of Latin descent, but for anyone interested in finding closure with a loved one who has passed.
For more information about future events, visit www.diadelosmuertosmilwaukee.com.