A Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration featuring memorial altars, music, crafts, food and entertainment is set for 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 at Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.
The cultural event, which is celebrated in Mexico and many Latin American countries, commemorates and remembers loved ones who have died.
Exhibits will include ceremonial altars created by Redwood City residents and Mexican arts and crafts items. Activities will include a procession, traditional Mexican food booths, craft vendors, music and entertainment.
Sugar skull candies, one of the most popular foods associated with Dia de los Muertos celebrations, will be on display on many of the altar exhibits.
Mayor Alicia Aguirre will deliver a welcome speech at 7 p.m. when the procession starts.
The event is sponsored by the Redwood City Library Foundation and Circulo Cultural. Admission is free. After the program the Altar Exhibit will be at the Redwood City Main Library through Nov. 3.
The history of the annual celebration dates back many generations in Mexico. The celebration starts on Nov. 2 when Mexican families go to the cemetery, visit the graves of their relatives, clean and sometimes paint the grave, place flowers and light candles.
Also at home, families make special altars dedicated to dead relatives. The altars range from simple to very elaborate, often full of objects giving life to their dead relatives, including food and favorite drink. The altars dedicated to the souls of dead children include toys, candy and other goodies.