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Soulful celebrations mark Day of the Dead in Aurora

Updated: December 3, 2012 6:37AM

AURORA — The city’s Day of the Dead celebration, El Día de los Muertos, is set for downtown on Friday.

Festivities will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday along the Water Street Mall, next to City Hall between Downer Place and Galena Boulevard.

The Day of the Dead has been celebrated in Mexico and other Latin countries since pre-Columbian times. It is the day in which the living lovingly remember their departed relatives.

The event, hosted by Alderman Juany Garza and the 2nd Ward committee, will feature story telling, dancing, a bread-making contest, and a traditional ofrenda (altar) competition. The altars, built as offerings to deceased loved ones, are not for worshiping. Rather, they are works of art. Area school groups have been invited to participate in the contest, and create an ofrenda of their own.

For information on the downtown celebration, contact Jose Torres, director of the event, at 331-575-6229.

Friday evening, the Aurora ArtBar’s inaugural art show will be held at the Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway. Art lovers are invited to celebrate All Souls Day with art, music and drinks, starting at 6 p.m. The ArtBar is a pop-up gallery, showcasing local and national artists alongside musical acts at the historic Roundhouse. Shows will be held the first Friday of the month.

Friday’s show will feature art of the macabre, the soulful, and the spiritual from local artists. Local artists will also be painting live all night on a collaborative work.

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