Maria Andrea Barriento of Aurora lights candles around her alter during Dia De Los Muertos celebrations at the Water Street Mall in Aurora on Friday, November 2, 2012. The Altar is set up in tiers with the top dedicated to lost children and the bottom two dedicated to adults who have passed on. A walkway is decorated with colored saw dust to help the dead find their way to the offerings. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 8, 2012 6:10AM
Aurora’s Day of the Dead celebration was alive with fun, with activities along the Water Street mall ranging from an altar decorating competition to a pan de muerte bread-making contest.
Families celebrate the Day of the Dead — Dia de los Muertos — throughout Mexico by praying for their deceased relatives and erecting altars decorated with sugar skulls, marigolds and the deceased relative’s possessions.
The Aurora event, organized by Aurora’s 2nd Ward Alderman Juany Garza and sponsored by a number of Latino businesses from around the city, also featured live music and traditional Mexican dancers.