Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a holiday when family and friends come together to remember and honor loved ones who have passed away. There are two festivals to celebrate Dia de los Muertos in Ogden this fall.
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS IN OGDEN
This festival is organized by Ogden Friends of Acoustic Music (OFOAM), Ogden Midnight Runners and the Ogden School District.
“This is a must-attend event in Ogden, as 32% of our population is Latino or Hispanic. It’s a great way to bring a sense of belonging to everyone, including those who might be living in the shadows – our undocumented immigrants,” said Arlene Anderson, President of Dia de los Muertos en Ogden.
The free event will include a mercadito vendors market, food trucks, student art exhibit, Spanish language film festival, Ogden Midnight Runners car show and a live musical and cultural performance by students and members of the Ogden School District community.
A children’s area will include 300 sugar skulls, makeup tutorials and hand warmers provided by Weber State Ballet Folklorico and WSU’s Hispanic Area Council.
“We are honored to have a local Hispanic artist making paper masks for children,” Anderson said.
Additionally, Odgen School District will be hosting workshops for parents from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as part of their Parenting Elevated program. Courses will cover topics ranging from communication and higher education to mental, social and emotional health. “We are delighted to be face to face this year and to be able to offer a range of courses and resources to help meet the needs of our students and their families, empowering them through education,” said Commissioner at Ogden’s diversity and school trustee Monica Gil.
The main attraction of the event will be musical headliner Suenatron, playing at 7 p.m., sponsored by OFOAM. The group has been together for 10 years and plays a combination of pop, cumbia, norteño and rap. Two of the band members are brothers, Mexia and Giovanni Hernandez, who followed in the footsteps of their father, Heran Hernandez, of Los Tigres Del Norte.
Part of the proceeds from the event will go to the Dreamers Award, scholarships for undocumented students.
“Education is so important. Many of our students in our district are undocumented and would like to continue their education after high school. Often they are the first generation of college students in their families,” Anderson said.
Saturday, October 8, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Ben Lomond High School (1080 9th Street), free.
DAY OF THE DEAD, YEAR 4
The event is organized by Nurture the Creative Mind, Wimpy & Fritz, Ogden Union Station and the Utah Division of Arts and Museums.
“This is our fourth year. We have a community altar, or ofrenda, where anyone can come and participate. They may bring a gift or token to honor and remember the loved one who has passed away. They can also bring letters or photos,” said Amir Jackson, committee member and owner of Nurture the Creative Mind. “The ofrenda will be placed two weeks before the event for community members to add to it,” Jackson added.
The committee will also place five large 4½ foot fiberglass skulls around Ogden. “They are like the horses brought into town every summer for the rodeo. They will be hand painted by members of the community,” Jackson said.
The event will feature food trucks, vendors selling handicrafts, live performances from local ballet and lyrical dance groups, as well as local salsa groups Rumba Libre and Cumbia Llegal. Fredo Rivera of Legacy Tattoo will host a car show, and there will also be an art exhibit presented by members of the Latino and Hispanic community at Union Station.
“In addition, there will be an art exhibit of 25 different ofrendas decorated by individuals specifically for their family members,” Jackson said.
At the end of the evening, there will be a community candlelight vigil. “Some words will be spoken by poets in the community, and then we will have a moment of silence for our loved ones who have passed away,” Jackson said.