October 21, 2015
Contact: Anita Badertscher
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 Friday, October 23rd through Monday, November 2nd, all visitors will be invited to leave photographs, gifts, tokens, messages, toys, or other traditional items as part of this community installation. On the evening of November 1st, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the park will also offer free entrance, treats, face-painting, crafts, and candlelight for visitors wishing to celebrate.To learn more about this unique opportunity, call 520-377-5060 or visit www.nps.gov/tuma.