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Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos
Dia de los Muertos altar with photos and memories left to honor the dead at Jack London Village in 2020.Photo by Laurie Pile


By Laurie Pile and Melissa Dowling

As part of Day of the Dead celebrations, the projects committee of the Glen Ellen Forum has set up an altar at Jack London Village at 14301 Arnold Dr. in Glen Ellen, where people can come to honor their loved ones who have passed on. It is an outdoor altar on the deck by Sonoma Creek.

People can bring items like photos of the deceased and personal items, poems and other items that loved ones liked in this life. It is a time when the dead come back to commune with the living. It is a time of celebration. The Glen Ellen Forum is providing the altar. Feel free to bring your own food and music and celebrate the memory of those who have passed. Note that the altar is outdoors. Anything you leave there could be damaged by the weather.

According to National Geographic, “assured that the dead would be insulted by mourning or sadness, Dia de los Muertos celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties, and activities the dead enjoyed in life. Dia de los Muertos recognizes death as a natural part of the human experience, a continuum with birth, childhood, and growing up to become a contributing member of the community. On Dia de los Muertos, the dead are also a part of the community, awakened from their eternal sleep to share celebrations with their loved ones.”

The altar was set up on Saturday, Oct. 30 and will be up through Tuesday, Nov. 2.