“Life in Death: Day of the Dead” is a 12-year-old festival that has grown with Clark County’s Latino population. This year’s festival is being held on November 1 and 2 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Winchester Cultural Center and Park (3130 S. McLeod Drive). Talking the reign for her first year in overseeing the festival is Erica Borges, who as Cultural Specialist hopes to expand the Las Vegas version of “El Dia de losMuertos.”
“It’s a celebration of life,” said Borges, who feels her role is to educate others about the holiday. “The biggest thing is breaking down the stigma that its about celebrating death.”
Patrick Gaffey, Cultural Program Supervisor, said civic organizations have been participating with altars that double as public service announcements and recalls an altar commemorated those who drowned at Lake Mead. Another altar was a warning of a possible demise if you decided to text while driving, he said.
The tradition is heartfelt, can have a touch of humor, but always has a touch of reflective pathos.
Here is more information on “Life In Death” Festival, including a call for artists and poets.