Arte Americas hosting Dia de Los Muertos exhibit – Fresno, California

Fresno, California 2021-10-13 19:47:54 –

Fresno, CA (KFSN)-From the moment you pass through the door of Arte Americas, you’ll see lots of colors, flowers, and a unique altar. Each has a special meaning.

“It’s not like Halloween, it’s not about horror,” says executive director Ruth Sardis. “It’s about the family, about remembering those who have passed by in the past and in our lives.”

“Dia de los Muertos” or “Day of the Dead” is a Hispanic tradition that began centuries ago as an indigenous custom.

People make altars of all sizes and place pictures of their loved ones, items representing people, and very special flowers called calendula.

“Yellow flowers are very bright and have a very pungent odor, and everything is actually aimed at guiding the dead to the altar or front door,” Sardis said.

This year, there are 10 altars in the “Dia De Muertos Altares Exhibition 2021” exhibition.

“So you will see a lot of faces, a lot of pictures of people who gave their lives for others, and it’s all very moving,” he said.

You can also find an altar in memory of the stalls that were killed after 2020.

Meanwhile, one altar has 49 photos of people shot at a nightclub in Orlando in 2016.

On the wall is a shoe box with a miniature altar created by a sophomore.

Saludes says many are inspired to start this tradition with their own family.

The exhibition is open until November 7th and a mask is required.

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