Every year, on All Souls Day, the Mexican and Spanish people remember their loved ones who have passed on by celebrating the Day of the Dead or El Dia de los Muertos. Contrary to common belief, the Day of the Dead is not a continuation of Halloween, however costumes are often worn. The Day of the Dead is also not a day for Zombies to appear, though souls are thought to come to visit.
On El Dia de los Muertos it is believed that the border between the spirit world and the living world dissolve and during a short time, the souls of loved ones return to feast, drink, dance, and play music with their family and friends. In exchange, their family and friends treat their returning loved ones as honored guests by leaving their favorite foods and offerings on memorials in their homes called offrendas.
The traditional costume of the Day of the Dead are skeletons (calacas) and skulls (calaveras) and can be very ornate. During the El Dia de los Muertos festival, people eat sugar candy molded into the shape of skulls and bread called Pan de Muertos, and they drink Aqua de tamarindo (tamarind water), Aqua de jamaica (hibiscus flower water), and Horchata.
El Dia de los Muertos was featured in a scene from the James Bond movie, “Spectre.” The movies “The Book of Life” and “Coco” tell the story of the Day of Dead.
On November 2, 2019 at 9:00 AM, come celebrate and remember your loved ones by running or walking a 5K in their memory. The Day of the Dead 5K or Dia de los Muertos divertido Carrera 5Km benefits the youth at Sts. Mary and Martha Episcopal church. Participants are welcome to come dressed in the Day of the Dead costume, awards will be given for the best costumes. The proceeds for the race will help pay for their upcoming pilgrimage to the Holy Land next Summer.
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Parish Youth Designed Event T-shirts – guaranteed to all runners registered before October 18th, 2019
Medals awarded for the top 2 Male and Female in the following age groups: 12 & under, 13-18, 19-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, 55-64, 65-74, 75 & over.
Best Costume Awards for the following: 12 & under, 13-18, 19-29, 30-49, 50 & over
Race begins at 9:00 AM at Sts. Mary and Martha Episcopal Church and continues down Ridge Road and into beautiful Morgan’s Crossing Subdivision. After leaving Morgan’s Crossing the race will continue down Ridge Road to return to the church.