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Charlotte County celebrates Day of the Dead

By Regis Phillips Nov 2, 2023 | 11:51 AM

The 2022 Day of The Dead Festival image: Taffin Sekulin

Day of the Dead (DĂ­a de los Muertos) will be celebrated in St. Stephen this weekend.

The event will be the second annual celebration of the thousands-year-old Mexican tradition for the Charlotte County Multicultural Association.

Executive Director Joan Majchrowski says the event was organized by Charlotte County newcomers.

“One of the best ways to involve newcomers to the community is to volunteer,” said Majchrowski.

In a news release, the CCMA said volunteerism presents the potential to help individuals build connections, achieve social inclusion, and fulfill a sense of purpose.

Charlotte County Culturally Connects is helping newcomers volunteer at church events, community activations, and charitable initiatives, so they are engaged in their community.

People can dress up in traditional clothing and celebrate perished loved ones, including friends and even pets.

Activities include traditional Mexican demonstrations like an ‘altar de Muertos’ (Altar of the Dead), Mariachi music, food, and activities like face painting and colouring sheets. The event will end with a movie about the Day of the Dead.

Funding was provided by the provincial and federal governments, as well as KIA Communities in Motion.

The event will take place at the Garcelon Civic Centre from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday.