Latino Arts & Culture on Saturday held the annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. Day of the Dead is typically a Mexican holiday that extends back 3,000 years.
The day is held to honor those who have died. Although a day of remembrance, it is also a day to celebrate. Attendees dress up with skull masks, eat food and candy and celebrate with food and drink as if their ancestors were still alive.
The American Indian Movement (AIM) of Northern Nevada held a ceremony for attendees.
“We need to listen to our elders,” said AIM’s Ray Bacasegua Valdez. “Are we perfect? No. Do we make mistakes? Yes. But listen. Be kind to your elders.”
The holiday is usually celebrated Nov. 1. Latino Arts & Culture held the event on Pueblo Avenue, off Wells Avenue, in conjunction with Reno Little Theater. Dia de Muertos has been celebrated in Northern Nevada for 18 years.