Day of The Dead in Fresno

11/1/2008 Fresno, CA, USA To the untrained eye it may look like a Halloween celebration. But to the Latino community Dia de Los Muertos, or "Day of the Dead" is a way to honor and celebrate heritage through art and song.

Fresno's Raquel Busani said, "We think that when something bad happens we have to all come together it's a support system and that's kind of how the culture survives."

"For us it's remembering our son." German Amezcua lost his son last December in a car crash in Northwest Fresno. The Amezcua family SUV was forced into a ditch. 9-Year old Sebastian died from his injuries.

Almost one year later the family was asked to honor their son at the Arte Americas museum with an altar. "It was a little bit overwhelming when we were gathering things. What do we put? And there are some that are very simple and it's just very beautiful here in the museum," said Amezcua

Museum director Grace Solis organized the parade and coordinated the art exhibit. "We're hoping people understand that's why we do this. We're not trying to make a mockery out of anything. We're just trying to let our loved ones know that we do love them and we'll always remember them," said Solis.

Solis said once the spirit leaves, the body can help others.

The Amezcua family donated their son's organs to help others. Solis said she encourages everyone to do the same.

The California Transplant Donor Network said the Amezcua's son saved the lives of three others through organ donation. German Amezcua says he's proud even in death his son could give life.


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