If You’re Wondering What’s Up For Day Of The Dead, Here Are A Few Events Across The U.S.

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Traditions migrate with people, so it should come as no surprise that Day of the Dead, the Mesoamerican holiday celebrating the lives of friends and family who are no longer alive, has made its way across borders. Día de los Muertos celebrations are alive and well in cities across the United States. Check out just a few of the places hosting events where you can celebrate this year.

San Francisco, California

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Bay Area revelers can start their celebration with a visit to SOMArts’ annual Day of the Dead exhibit featuring more than 70 artists and end their tribute by joining the Day of the Dead Ritual Procession on November 2, which operates under the motto “NUESTROS MUERTOS NO SE VENDEN – Our Dead Are Not For Sale.” That means the event accepts no city, state, federal or corporate funding.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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This year’s theme for the “South Valley Día de los Muertos Celebration and Marigold Parade,” which also includes entertainment and art vendors on November 6, is “Sheep don’t vote, feed the chupacabra. Reclamado nuestra querencia.” Seems appropriate during this election cycle, no?

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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There’s a skeleton processional, an ofrenda exhibit and baile folklórico at the “Florida Day of the Dead” celebration on November 2.

Austin, Texas

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The Mexic-Arte Museum has been hosting an annual Día de los Muertos exhibit for over 30 years. That’s longer than some of y’all have been alive, just sayin’.

Santa Ana, California

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Noche de Altares” in Santa Ana is presented by El Centro Cultural de Mexico on November 5 this year. People are invited to build an altar in honor of someone who has passed or to use their altar to bring awareness to social issues.

Tulsa, Oklahoma

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The “Living Arts Day of the Dead Arts Festival” on November 1 has all kinds of cosas scheduled, including children’s activities, a mural project, art exhibits, fire performers and an “Altared Spaces” display.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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The Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University will hook you up free pass to their annual Day of the Dead exhibit. Tell me your super codo ancestors wouldn’t be proud of you for finding a way to celebrate without spending any money.

Riverside, Califorina

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Historical downtown Riverside gets down for Día de los Muertos with food, art, music, dance and glorious altars. This year, the party is on November 5.

Birmingham, Alabama

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On November 2, Bare Hands Gallery invites everyone to “dress in bones, as a sugar skull or for a fiesta!”  There will be food, beer, crafts, altars and entertainment to be had.

Las Vegas, Nevada

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The “Life In Death Festival” put on by the Parks and Recreation department of Clark County is a two-day affair (November 1-2) with altars, entertainment, food and crafts.

Tucson, Arizona

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The “All Souls Procession Weekend” will bring together over 150,00 people for a two-mile long procession that culminates with the burning of a ceremonial urn filled with the “hopes, offerings and wishes” for those who have passed. Are you in? It’s happening the weekend of November 5-6.

Los Angeles, California

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The Olvera Street Day of the Dead festival is a nine day celebration that ends on November 2. There is a procession every night that includes a Mayan cleansing, a parade of “living muertos,” and Aztec dancers.

Don’t forget to share this with your living friends so they can celebrate their dearly departed. 

This Selena + MAC Costume Wins Halloween


This Selena + MAC Costume Wins Halloween

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There is no arguing that 2016 has become the year of Selena. She has gotten a wax figure at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, the Fiesta de la Flor festival enjoyed its second year, and Selena got her own makeup line at MAC. And, of course, Selena was one of the hottest Halloween costumes in 2016.

Selena fans celebrated Selena’s great year this year by dressing as the Tejano queen. From the purple jumper…

Clearly iconic.

…to copying the outfit used for her newly released wax figure.

Alright, girls. That’s what’s up.

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But one fan, Amanda Vazquez, went above and beyond and decided to become a tube of Selena + MAC lipstick.

“I have been a Selena fan all of my life. By the time I could talk, I was singing Selena songs [laughs],” Vazquez, who first saw Selena in concert in 1989 told mitú. “I was lucky enough to have seen her in concert a few times when I was younger in Texas.”

Vazquez told mitú that the idea for her genius Selena + MAC costume started as a joke.

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CREDIT: Courtesy of Amanda Vazquez

“My friend first brought up the idea as a joke and I thought it was funny and that was kind of it,” Vazquez told mitú. “Then I started thinking of it and I knew people would be dressed as Selena but I knew nobody would be dressed as the Selena + MAC line so I decided to make the costume.”

So, where does one go when they are dressed up as Selena + MAC makeup and in Los Angeles? To see Selena’s wax figure and the MAC makeup store, obvi.

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CREDIT: Courtesy of Amanda Vazquez

Overall, Vazquez said that people really enjoyed her her costume, especially in the MAC store.

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Yayyyyy!!!!! #MACSELENA

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“There was one girl in the store who was a Selena fan,” Vazquez told mitú. “She thought the costume was so cool.”

Thats how you do it, y’all! Nice work, Amanda.

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Not only is the costume totally unique and incredible, Vazquez is happy that she was able to make a costume that was also work-appropriate.

READ: This Mom Made A Selena Costume With Only 50 Cents And People Are Loving It

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