“Come embrace life, death, family, community and the art of the ritual” is the statement defining the Mendocino Coast’s 2013 Day of the Dead Celebration, which will run from October 4th through November 3rd. This Day of the Dead celebration, also known as Dia de los Muertos Festivities, has a schedule full of educational seminars, craft classes and free events.
The main goal of the festival is to provide education on the meaning and tradition behind the Day of the Dead Celebrations. Most of the festival’s events are free to the public and support local community organizations.
Some Featured Festival Events:
The Fort Bragg Town Hall will be offering ongoing classes for the weekend of October 4th and 5th. The classes offered will include sugar skull decorating and paper flower making.
The art show opening, Mexico on My Mind, will take place on Thursday, October 4th at the Mendocino Art Center, Gallery 10, featuring artist Lida Penkova.
Artist Susan Gross teaches a Mini Shrine class on October 20th at Altar Hall, located at Fort Bragg Town Hall.
For those who like the idea of learning about altars, the “Openings” Remembrance Altars Exhibit, at Odd Fellows Cemetery, is being held on October 5th- November 3rd.
Day of the Dead Celebration visitors will not want to miss the October 28th Special Candle Lighting Ceremony. The ceremony will be hosted by Reverend Tanya Wyldflower, joined by master harpist, Roberta Belson. Belson will be playing to honor the Day of the Dead Sunday, October 28th at the Mendocino Center for Spiritual Living. Members of all faiths are welcomed to this beautiful event.
For those looking to get involved, there are also a number of amazing volunteer opportunities at Altar Hall to help out with the Day of the Dead Festival events, and visitors can always participate by building their own altars and adding it to the altar trail.
Considering the fact that these Dia de los Muertos festivities will be going on for an entire month, you have plenty of time to book your trip to the Fort Bragg region. Take a look at the full event schedule to find the dates of your favorite activities and then call Cleone Gardens Inn to reserve your room!