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Community events mark Día de los Muertos with music, altars, poetry and more

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two Albuquerque venues will be holding Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations this weekend.

The National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 Fourth SW, will host an event from 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Domenici Education Building. It is free with preregistration.

The artist-led family program will be limited to 25 families, who will join with some of the 25 musicians from around the world who are part of Found Nation’s OneBeat project to create elements for the NHCC Community Ofrenda (offering).

Decorated skulls are a typical motif for Día de los Muertos.

Decorated skulls are a typical motif for Día de los Muertos.

For Día de los Muertos, families welcome back the spirits of those who have died. The altars or ofrendas are the central focus of the tradition.

For registration and more information, contact Elsa Menéndez, 246-2261 or elsa.menendez@state.nm.us.

Also, at the NHCC on Saturday, Nov. 1, the community is invited to a free event in the Domenici Education Building from 4:30-6:30 p.m. that will include music, poetry, Mexican chocolate and pan de muerto. People of all ages will be able to tour the ofrendas around the NHCC campus.

To register, contact Erica Garcia at erica.garcia@state.nm.us.

The South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway SE, will continue a long tradition celebrating Día de los Muertos with a free event from noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2. It will include a large art exhibition and traditional and contemporary ofrendas to honor the deceased.

A community ofrenda will be created on which members of the public may place photographs of their departed loved ones.

There will be live music and dance by Rondalla de Albuquerque, Mariachi Nuevo Mexico, Los Calaberas de Nuevo Mexico, La Compania de Danza Xallitic and Vivos entre los Muertos. Matachines will perform ancient traditional rituals, and comedian Carlos Medina will make an appearance.

Food trucks will offer both traditional Mexican fare and American foods, such as hot dogs and hamburgers. There also will be a costume contest.

The center’s large community room will be the site of the “Dead Market,” an artists’ market with themed art, jewelry and other objects celebrating Día de los Muertos.

For more information, call 311 or visit cabq.gov/sbcc.

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