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Celebrate Day of the Dead in Carbondale

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CARBONDALE – Thunder River Theatre Company, in conjunction with the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, presents Day of the Dead on Thursday, Nov. 2.

The Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos, Día de los Difuntos or Día de Muertos in Spanish) is an ancient Aztec celebration of the memory of deceased ancestors traditionally celebrated on Nov. 1 (All Saints’ Day) and Nov. 2 (All Souls’ Day).To celebrate the event, participants will gather at 5:30 p.m. at the TRTC theater, 67 Promenade, Carbondale. A parade begins at 6 p.m. down the Red Brick Walkway, onto Main Street to Second and back to the theatre. Costumes are encouraged. Bring flashlights.

At 6:45 p.m., a celebration features readings from TRTC, a short play by CRMS students, and performances by the Aspen Santa Fe Folklorico. The evening culminates with an informal reception for the community. The event is free to the public.Day of the Dead is especially popular in Mexico – where it is a national holiday – and is celebrated in the Philippines, in Mexican-American communities in the United States, and to a lesser extent, in other Latin American countries. It is a public holiday in Brazil, where many residents celebrate it by visiting cemeteries and churches, bringing flowers, lighting candles and praying.

Though the subject matter may be considered morbid from the Anglo-Saxon perspective, Mexicans celebrate the Day of the Dead joyfully. Although it occurs at the same time as Halloween, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, the traditional mood is much brighter with emphasis on honoring the lives of the deceased, and celebrating the continuation of life. The belief is not that death is the end, but rather the beginning of a new stage in life.For more information about this event, contact TRTC at 963-8200, or visit http://www.thunderrivertheatre.com.

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