Several El Paso museums are working together in order to bring the public a week-long, virtual Día de los Muertos celebration.  Día de los Muertos, also referred to as Day of the Dead, is typically celebrated between October 31 and November 2 of each year, although November 2nd is recognized by many as the official Day of the Dead.

The El Paso museums of art, history, and archeology will offer several activities that are both family friendly and free from October 26 through November 6.  In addition to being able to view a variety of videos, this virtual celebration of our dearly departed loved ones will also include workshops and other activities that families can enjoy together.

This will allow for a safe and festive way to celebrate the season during a pandemic in which gathering are definitely discouraged and trick-or-treating is prohibited.

Día de los Muertos is a beautiful tradition that is popular in Mexico as a way of remembering family members and friends that have died.  Some even believe that during this particular holiday, the souls of dead can return to visit with their loved ones, even if only for a short time.

On a personal level, there’s something hauntingly beautiful about the calaveras and skull-shaped candy and other ornaments that are associated with the Day of the Dead.  It allows for a way to celebrate those people that are no longer with us in a way that while certainly bittersweet, isn’t sad or dreary.  After all, it’s the good memories and laughter shared with the departed that should live on and be remembered the most.

For more information, you can visit the websites for each museum by clicking on the links below:

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