Day of the Dead Celebrations in Woodland

When you’re in the midst of a blissed-out Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup coma, it is easy to forget that for many, Halloween is simply the precursor to (depending on your tradition) All Saints’ Day or the Day of the Dead (or both). If your family celebrates the latter, you may be interested in two programs tomorrow and Friday in Woodland.

The Day of the Dead is a celebration to honor loved ones who have passed away. Traditionally, November 1st honors deceased children on Dia de los Angelitos (Day of the Little Angels), and November 2nd, deceased adults on Dia de los Muertas (Day of the Dead).

From 5:00-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 1st, the Woodland Public Library, located at 250 1st Street, will offer music, poetry, altars, story time, face painting, crafts, catrinas (see image at right), a raffle, and (most important) food. Although designed to appeal primarily to children, this celebration will have something for everyone.

On Friday, November 2nd 5:00-7:00, the Taller Arte del Nuevo Amenecer at 1224 Lemen Ave. will host a similar celebration geared toward adults (minus the face painting).

So plan to visit Woodland and celebrate those who have passed away, or learn about a new and rich cultural tradition that has deep roots in our area.