Día de los Muertos is a vibrant, festive traditional celebration of remembrance in the cultures of Latino people around the world. At the exhibit, you’ll learn about this rich cultural event, which is a blend of Aztec traditions of remembering the dead and the Catholic tradition of celebration of All Saints Day and All Souls Day tradition brought by the Spanish conquistadors. We invite all of our Valley's cultures to share their traditions in honoring the lives of those who have died. This includes relatives, friends, special heroes, and especially the Angelitos (the little children). Our goal is to provide a shared cultural experience for our citizens and to bring people to downtown Yakima.
Celebration 12 - 4pm Gallery hours Fridays 12 - 3pm Saturdays/Sundays 11am - 3pm
Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a vibrant community celebration honoring both los muertos and the beauty of life. Day of the Dead celebrations began in Central America, and have roots in indigenous and Catholic traditions. Sweet sugar skulls, bright colors, and bitter-smelling czempazuchitl (calendula, or marigold) flowers evoke vibrant, ephemeral life and bitter, inevitable death–embracing both.
Each year Tieton Arts & Humanities creates one huge community altar for everyone to add to. Visitors can bring photos of loved ones, write messages, help paint, and bring candies or breads. This provides a special opportunity to remember the special people in our lives that are no longer with us.
This celebration features arts and crafts activities, sand painting by Seattle-based Oaxacan artist Fulgencio Lazo, face painting, sugar skull decorating and more!