Dia de Los Muertos wraps up today, Wednesday, November 2nd and El Paso county officials are celebrating the final Day of the Dead with a special memorial event honoring victims of gun violence.

The Day of the Dead is a holiday traditionally celebrated on November 1 and 2. It is widely observed in Mexico, where it largely developed, and is also observed in other places, especially by people of Mexican heritage.

It is a tradition that honors and celebrates the life of loved ones that we have lost. People who celebrate the holiday usually create altars that showcase photos of their loved ones and have special food or “offerings” for their loved ones.

Locals are invited to Ascarate Park for an event called “Dia de Los Muertos El Paso and Uvalde Memorial.”

The event will feature an ofrenda in memory of those who died in recent mass shootings, including the 21 people who lost their lives in the May mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.

The event is being held courtesy of El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego, the El Paso State Delegation, and the United Way of El Paso.

The ceremony will happen at the El Paso County Healing Garden at Ascarate Park, on November 2nd starting at 6 p.m.

A remembrance prayer and candle lighting will be led by El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz.

The event is open to the public, and those who attend are encouraged to bring an offering.

The program will include stories from the families of victims read by County Judge Samaniego, State Sen. Cesar Blanco, and State Representatives including Lina Ortega, Art Fierro, Claudia Ordaz, and Joe Moody.

Local mariachis will welcome people to the event at 6 p.m. with the official program set to begin at 6:30 p.m.

El Paso County Parks & Recreation Facebook
El Paso County Parks & Recreation Facebook

“Dia de Los Muertos El Paso and Uvalde Memorial”

  • When: Wednesday, November 2nd
  • Where: The Healing Garden at Ascarate Park 6900 Delta Drive.
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

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