Dia de los Muertos is traditionally celebrated in homes, cemeteries and public spaces throughout Mexico and southwest regions of the United States. However, it's gaining in popularity in many parts of the country including the Central Valley.
The holiday is celebrated with the belief that the souls of the dead return to reunite with their living relatives on November 2nd. Some families create special altars featuring pictures and favorite items belonging to their lost loved ones.
It isn't considered a day to mourn but rather to pay tribute and celebrate their lives.
There are several events in the Central Valley with Dia de Los Muertos themes.
Noche en el Barrio - October 27
Cala Gala-Arte Americas - Fresno - October 28
Hanford Day of the Dead-Dia De Los Muertos - November 2
Dia de los Muertos celebration - Visalia - November 3
Catrina Masquerade Ball - Visalia - November 3
Disney-Pixar is also releasing its new movie Coco on November 22nd. The animated film includes vibrant Dia de Los Muertos visuals and themes and features the voices of popular actors Edward James Olmos, Benjamin Bratt, Gael Garcia Bernal and Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias. Learn more here: movies.disney.com/coco