October = El dia de los Muertos

More than Halloween celebrations, I’ve come to throughly enjoy the month-long activities revolving around El dia de los Muertos here in Ptown.  It’s a coming together of family and community; a time to remember those who have passed and honor them.  A reminder to enjoy life and those in our lives while we have the opportunity.

This evening, at the Petaluma Arts Center, was an opportunity to judge a mole contest –  TEN variations by members in the community – and tamale tasting.  They were all delicious in their own way!  This was followed by a chicken dinner while being entertained by dancers, musicians, and an all-female mariachi band, infused with the joys of meeting up with those we don’t see as often as we’d like.

Not to be forgotten is the explosion of color, emotion, and beauty of El dia de los Muertos art and altars, honoring those who have passed, staged throughout the Petaluma Arts Center.

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