2023 Day of the Dead Billings
2023 Dia de los Muertos Billings
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) has been celebrated for centuries in areas of Mexico, Central, and South America. This joyful tradition spread to Southwestern US and now across the Americas. Working with long-time area Hispanic individuals and families, we bring this special event to our Billings community and invite everyone to join us in honoring and remembering their beloved departed family and friends.
We enjoy sharing the history and traditions--old and evolving among our communities families. Enjoy this joyful occasion where we share stories of our loved ones and remember how they have impacted our lives.
Engage in flower making, sugar skull decorating, costume contests, music, and food. Write a message to your dearly departed for the Messages to the Spirits flame, bring your family to the Mariachi Family Concert*, or enjoy the music of DJ Niko on Friday evening, and Little Joe & the Cartwrights or Pan Blanco with Sandie Castaneda on Saturday evening.
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Meaning of Symbols
Ofrendas are altars of offerings to our departed that represent who they were in life. Representation of the four elements--water, wind, earth, and fire--beckon the spirits of our loved ones.
Drinks (water, tequila, sodas) quench the thirst after a long journey.
Wind help the spirits travel in and the papeles picados moving in wind help us know when the spirits are among us.
Earth is represented by our spirits' favorite foods and flowers set out for them.
Fire lights the way for the spirits and allows us to see them among us.