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Adelante Mujeres hosts Day of the Dead celebration

Bright, colorful skulls, yellow flowers and elaborate altars decorated Cornelius Elementary on Friday night as 300 Adelante Mujeres students and their families celebrated Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.
Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead
Bright, colorful skulls, yellow flowers and elaborate altars decorated Cornelius Elementary on Friday night as 300 Adelante Mujeres students and their families celebrated Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. The Forest Grove nonprofit, which educates and empowers low-income Latinas, hosted the event in commemoration of the ancient Mexican tradition that pays homage to families' departed loved ones. The main attraction was a series of nine altars decorated by Adelante Mujeres students in the adult education program, each dedicated to a different famous woman. Teens in the Adelante Chicas program and members of one Cornelius Elementary fourth-grade dual-language immersion class also decorated altars. According to Mexican tradition, celebrators of the holiday decorate an altar for a dead family member every year, including a picture of the person, flowers, candles and an offering of their favorite foods. Helen Keller was one of the honored women at Friday's event. Laura Pubil, 49, of Forest Grove decorated her altar. Pubil's altar included a hot dog and a bottle of wine, two things she said Keller enjoyed most. She said the belief in Mexico is that the dead person's spirit will travel to the altar on the holiday to eat and drink what is left for them. "Since you are honoring the dead, it depends on what they liked," she said. Day of the Dead spans two days. Nov. 1 is dedicated to remembering children who have recently passed while Nov. 2 is mainly for adults.

love the celebration, 05.Nov.2012 23:38

vegan

but isn't it ironic to honor the dead person with an offering of purposely killed dead animal? It might honor the person, but it seems terrible to do this to the animal, and profoundly disrespectful to their life.

I experienced this in my family too. At a wake for a dead relative, there was a huge meat platter. While we were mourning the dead person, we subjected all these animals to needless death and separation from their families.

We humans really are self focused - our griefs, our losses - to the great detriment of other beings on this planet.