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Day of the Dead celebration comes to Carbondale

CARBONDALE – The festival of the Day of the Dead is an observance with ancient roots in Mexico. Wednesday the celebration will sprout in the Roaring Fork Valley.The Day of the Dead (El Dia de los Muertos) performance, produced by Thunder River Theatre Company, Aspen/Santa Fe Ballet and La Mision newspaper, takes place at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Carbondale Middle School cafeteria. The celebration is free and open to the public.For pre-Hispanic cultures, life was considered to be no more than a passing moment from which one would wake up amongst the dead. Death, represented throughout time as a skeleton, was later represented in the 19th century as a friendly, comical figure and a familiar friend.On the Day of the Dead it is believed the dead come back from the beyond to visit with the living. Special foods are prepared, breads are baked, and altars to the dead are made and decorated with flowers. The souls of the dead are said to return from the afterlife, to visit the living, where they consume the food and drink left for them.The living receive the dead with merriment, music, singing, poetry, and all that they enjoyed while living. The holiday is looked upon as a celebration not just of death, but also of living. Wednesday’s performance is dedicated to departed loved ones who have left in the past year.Richard Lyon, TRTC associate artist, orchestrated the celebration, along with TRTC artists Linda White, Nancy Ball and artistic director Lon Winston. Francisco Navarez of Aspen/Santa Fe Ballet, along with a few of his dancers, will perform. Carlos Herrera and Luis Polar will represent La Misión.


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