Palmetto Luna Arts’ Day of the Dead Celebration at Five Points will include the participation of a Mariachi Band, Mexican folk dances and cultural activities. The event will be held Saturday, November 5 at 6:30 PM at the Fountain at Five Points located on the corner of Harden St and Greene St, Columbia SC 29205.
The Day of the Dead Altar is a community memorial to celebrate the Mexican tradition of Day of the Dead and to honor those who have departed before us. Within Mexican culture’s complex fusion of Aztec, Mayan and Spanish traditions, death is merely one part in the wider cycle of existence. The Day of the Dead celebration is the result of the ancient ritual venerations and offerings to the goddess Mictecacihuatl (“Lady of the Dead”) for deceased children and adults, and theSpaniards’ desire to accommodate these festivities within the Catholic celebrations of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
The altar is a place where members of the community can participate by sharing a prayer, lighting a candle or bringing a memento to place at the altar as an offering for their lost loved ones. On Saturday, November 5, the festivities will include the participation of a Mariachi Band, a performance of Mexican folk dances and other cultural activities. Festival is free and attendees are encouraged to bring an offering for the altar.
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