Corazón Healdsburg and the City of Healdsburg are planning a celebration weekend, carrying out the traditions of the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos — the Day of the Dead. All are invited to a family-focused, community-engaging and cross-cultural weekend.
Day of the Dead is an annual ritual in which Mexicans remember their deceased loved ones. They create altars dedicated to their ancestors, celebrating their lives with their favorite foods, drinks and music.
Corazón Healdsburg executive director Leticia Romero said, “We carry the traditions forward not only to honor our ancestors, but to remind us always that we are part of a lineage, a history and tradition that is with us, still.”
The Healdsburg celebration this year begins on the Healdsburg Plaza on Saturday, Oct. 27, with an outdoor screening of the animated movie “Coco” in English with Spanish subtitles. Through the eyes of a young musician, the film shows how Dia de los Muertos enriches and supports all who participate in the making of altars and preparation of ofrendas, or offerings.
The film will be shown at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. Families can bring chairs, blankets and sleeping bags, and complimentary hot chocolate and popcorn will be served.
On Sunday, Oct. 28, beginning at 12:15 p.m. the Healdsburg Plaza will be transformed, with two stages for Latino dance and music performances. In the spirit of the traditional Dia de Los Muertos event, a community altar will hold the remembrances of ancestors, friends, relatives and loved ones.
In the spirit of community, there will be a posole feed. In the spirit of nurturing open-heartedness, children will have an outlet for play and creativity – all with the backdrop of live music.
Everyone is welcome to add photos and other remembrances at the community altar of loved ones who have died.
“This day of community and cross-cultural unity embodies the work of Corazón Healdsburg,” said Romero. “We invite everyone to come join in the feeling of connection, with past, present and with strength in building our future, together.”
Dia de los Muertos
6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27 – Outdoor screening of “Coco” on the Healdsburg Plaza.
Sunday, Oct. 28 - Un Evento de Corazón/An Event of the Heart
12:15 p.m. opening ceremony with dance Azteca Ritual
1 p.m. Sonora arre Dinamita
2:30 p.m. Ballet Folklorico
3 p.m. Presentation – Corazón community honors
3:15 p.m. Le Valle dance group
4 p.m. Grupo Kual
6 p.m. Grupo Kual finish