Halloween is over, but you will still see skeletons in the streets of Anchorage Friday as part of the Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead festival.

Dia de Los Muertos originated in Mexico several thousand years ago, as the indigenous peoples of Mexico believed mourning the death of loved ones to be disrespectful. Death was considered to be a natural part of life on earth. While dead family and community members were always kept alive in memory and spirit, Dia de Los Muertos was considered a temporary time for their spirits to return to Earth.

The festival takes place Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, the same time Catholics recognize All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. Throughout Mexico and Latin America, parades full of color, music, and skulls known as catrinas fill the streets.



A Dia de Los Muertos procession was planned in Anchorage. The ceremony started at a popup bookstore located on the corner of 6th Avenue and G Street at 5 p.m. and concluded at the Out North gallery at 333 W. 4th Ave. The community was invited to participate.


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