Dia de Los Muertos in Hanford?
You betcha! And we are lining up our entertainment and activities right now. So, November 2, 2017 will be like no other in Hanford history. And if you are interested, we are taking volunteers and asking for art, entertainment, and more ideas to make this an event like now other. CALL US and PARTICIPATE!!! We want you!
How did it get started?
Dia de los Muertos has its origins in Aztec traditions honoring the dead. The Aztec Empire's influence extended throughout present-day Mexico and Central America.
Like the memory of a loved one that never fades, Dia de Los Muertos also survives. It may change and evolve, but it never vanishes. The Spaniards learned that when they arrived in central Mexico in the 16th century. They viewed the ritual, which was started by the Aztecs some 3,000 years ago, as sacrilegious. But the festival couldn't be quashed.
Not only did it survive, it thrived, moving from southern Mexico and spreading north. It also merged with elements of Christianity. Originally celebrated in the summer, it moved to Nov. 1 and 2 to coincide with All Saints Days and All Souls Day.
It has also moved to certain regions of the United States. In Arizona, for example, there are more than a dozen events that mark the occasion to honor the dead.
Can anyone do this event?
Absolutely! Everyone join in and do this fun event. We encourage you to dress up, make an altar, listen to music, watch our children improv class perform and more!!!
If I want to share art work, who do I contact? Or if I want to share my art, is that allowed?
Yes, and contact us by emailing silvia@HanfordMTC.com or checking our website, or calling us at 559-997-3838 or drop by between 5-8pm at the Hanford Civic Center (West Wing) where we are there giving FREE acting classes. Or go to our facebook and message us. We want you to be involved!!!!!