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Contact: Anita Badertscher, 520-377-5063
El Día de los Muertos, also known as All Soul's Day, has roots in many traditions including the customs of native residents, mission-era Jesuit and Franciscan priests, Spanish colonists, Mexican settlers, and even citizens of the United States arriving in the 19th century. "Tumacácori is proud to celebrate this beloved holiday with friends, neighbors, and visitors from around the world." says Superintendent Bob Love.
The adobe walls of Tumacácori's historic church will shelter a traditional Día de los Muertos altar to hold ofrendas (offerings) in memory of loved ones. From Saturday, October 22nd through Wednesday, November 2nd, all visitors will be invited to leave photographs, gifts, tokens, messages, toys, or other traditional items as part of this community installation. Personal items left on the altar can be collected from the park following Día de los Muertos, through November 6.
On the evening of Día de los Muertos,Wednesday, November 2nd, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the park will offer free entrance, traditional treats, face-painting, crafts, and candlelight throughout the church and cemetery for visitors wishing to celebrate.
To learn more about this unique opportunity, call 520-377-5060 or visit www.nps.gov/tuma.