El Centro de la Raza’s 18th annual Día de los Muertos CELEBRATION

We hosted our Annual Día de los Muertos event Saturday, November 4th, at our Centilia Cultural Center. Many joined us for the Ofrenda Exhibit, delightful food, live music, entertaining performances, children’s activities, door prizes, and a Pop-Up Mercado.

Día de los Muertos is a moment for cherishing the lives of those who’ve passed. This year’s theme is: ‘Un Pueblo Sin Memoria es un Pueblo Sin Futuro’ / ‘The People without memory is a people without a future.’ We aim to pay tribute to Mother Earth and those who’ve passed due to homelessness, mental illnesses, gun violence, and other environmental factors.

We also want to honor the survivors of the 50th anniversary of the military coup d’état in Chile, which removed democratically elected President Salvador Allende. Many faced tragedy—murder, disappearance, or exile. Numerous exiled Chileans sought support at El Centro de la Raza and played a pivotal role in our early years.

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Photographs by Aidan Sales.