Raleigh Day of the Dead celebrations brought out the local Latino community on behalf of doing good.
The Day of the Dead, Nov. 1, is a day to celebrate your departed relatives. Celebrations vary by Latin country, but for many, this means cleaning the family members’ grave sites or taking the deceased relative his favorite food and drink.
On Friday, the El Pueblo community had a party during which people celebrated by decorating sugar sculls, dancing, and eating food. While the party allowed folks to gather together, it also encouraged safe sex and conducted free HIV tests.
On Saturday, a Day of the Dead road race raised money for the Brentwood Boys and Girls Club, which is 85% Hispanic.
Centro restaurant then held a small memorial service to honor migrant farm workers who died as they worked the fields of North Carolina.
Although a different focus for each celebration, both events included decorated faces and the important alter decorated with fruits and flowers, topped by the most holy virgin Our Lady of Guadalupe.