October 5, 2021

The Art Program at Copper Mountain College (CMC) is teaming up with 29 Palms Public Cemetery for Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead, October 30 and 31, 2021.

Our High Desert Community is invited to participate in making altars that honor and remember loved ones who have passed away. Altars will be constructed in and around the Cemetery Community Room. The Cemetery will provide tables and white linens for altars. Please bring your own boxes for height. Suggestions for what you might bring for your altar: colorful cloth, battery-operated candles, photos, food, drink, flowers, incense, sugar skulls, mementos of the person’s life (books, music, favorite items, etc.).

The CMC Art Students in Art 10 will be producing/facilitating the event, so the public can create altars to honor their loved ones on October 30th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm and October 31st from Noon to 3:00 pm at 5350 Encelia Ave, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277.

Día de los Muertos is the Mexican celebration of the dead in which loved ones are commemorated. It originated from and mixed the indigenous Aztec and Spanish cultures and religions. Día de los Muertos is not Halloween, although both are related to Catholicism and All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2). Traditionally, altars are created in homes for loved ones who have passed away. Decorated with food, drinks, candles, incense, flowers, sugar skulls, and photos, the altars lead the departed back to their loved ones, who remember and honor them.

This event is produced in conjunction with students from the Art Department at Copper Mountain College and the 29 Palms Public Cemetery.

For more information, please call, text, or email: 760.367.9316 office, 760.399.7578 cell, Admin@29palmscemetery.org, email.