Day of the Dead at the Santa Cruz MAH 2014 – PHOTOS BY GEORGE SAITAS

Things got colorful at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History on Saturday, as the community gathered to celebrate Day of the Dead, a Mexican Holiday focused on remembering and honoring loved ones who have died.  At the museum, there is a large community ofrenda on display until November 30th.  The day was celebrated with Baile Fokloriko, facepainting by Mariposa’s Art, an after school art and music program, and there were crafts for the kids, including tissue paper flower crafting and lantern making. Visitors could keep their strength up with Navajo tacos while they perused the museum’s exhibits.

As the events at the museum came to a close, visitors gathered for a procession through the streets ending at Evergreen Cemetery, where community members had set up altars on select graves, honoring those buried there and the many that they represent.  As the sun went down, candles were lit and guests were treated to music by Trio Guadalupano and Mexican hot chocolate from Firefly Coffee House.

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George Saitas

About George Saitas

Every time I photograph it feels like I'm falling in love for the first time again... and again and again! There's just something about knowing that each shot is unique, fresh and like no other that excites me! My artistic passion extends to painting, sculpture and teaching the art of photography. To commission me or purchase artwork from me directly you can email your requests to photography@georgesaitas.com.Cheers! George Saitas



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