Boise celebrates Dia de los Muertos

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Boise celebrates Dia de los Muertos

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by Stephanie Zepelin

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Posted on November 2, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 3 at 4:20 PM

BOISE -- Day of the Dead, or Dia de Los Muertos, is a traditional celebration in Mexico. Saturday, people in Boise honored those passed and the traditions, hundreds of years old of the holiday.

"The Sesqui-Shop and the Idaho State Historical Museum partnered on this year's Dia de los Muertos exhibit," said Rachel Reichert, with the Sesqui-Ship. "We have steamroller prints by 15 artists, the overall project was 52 artists."

The prints are in the Sesqui-Shop, the State Historical Museum and around town.

"We also have 50 small niche altars made by local artists and community groups," said Reichert.

As part of Dia de los Muertos, people make altars for those who have passed. They often have pictures of the person, flowers and some of their favorite things.

"We also partnered with the Mexican Consulate here and we felt that it was appropriate to bring attention to the Mexican heritage that we do have here in Boise," Reichert said.

In Boise, the Mexican population is growing and the city has a heritage that dates back many years. There was an altar to Boise' Mexican American Pioneer---Jesus Urquides. He moved to Boise from Sonora, Mexico in the 1800s.

Despite the skulls, Dia de los Muertos is a happy event

"It's a celebration of life really, and kind of the idea of remembering the people and the things that we've lost in a happy light," said Reichert.

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