Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a traditional Latino celebration, where private altars honoring the deceased are built using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed. This celebrations takes place at the end of October and beginning of November.
In the Yakima Valley, the celebration of Dia de los Muertos is a community event hosted by the Yakima - Morelia Sister City Association. Latino traditional celebrations, which include the traditional dances and foods of Mexico, have been incorporated into the Yakima Valley lifestyle, lending colorful, cultural diversity to the area. The main feature of the celebration includes over 30 individual unique alters (2009 pics) created by local businesses, individuals, organizations and schools. This exhibit is located at 317 East Yakima Avenue, in downtown Yakima. This main alter exhibit is free and open for viewing daily from noon until 6:00pm from Sunday October 31st through Sunday November 7th. Businesses in Yakima will feature alters at the Market Place Deli, Essencia Bakery, Ron's Coin & Book, Yakima Valley Visitor Information Center, Santiogo’s Restaurant, Yakima Valley Library.
The Mighty Tieton artist community celebrates the Day of the Dead at the Warehouse with a four day event from October 28- 31. Oct. 28-29th: Sandpainting with Fulgencio Lazo. Oct. 30th - Sandpainting on view in the Warehouse Gallery. Oct. 31st - Sunday brunch potluck at noon in the warehouse.
The Seasons Performance Hall celebrates the Day of the Dead with Yakima Symphony Orchestra Chamber Concert #2 Dia de los Muertos with Lawrence Golan, Conductor on October 30 at 7:30pm.
Downtown Yakima businesses participate in the celebrations by featuring alters.
2010 Yakima Dia de los Muertos Business Altar Walk Participants:
Capital Theatre 302 E. Yakima Ave.
Committee for Downtown 115 No. 3rd St.
Downtown Yakima Library 102 No. 3rd St.
Essencia Bakery 4 No.3rd St.
Gilbert Cellars Winery 5 No. Front St.
Kana Winery 10 No. 2nd St.
KYVE TV 12 So. 2nd St.
Liberty Building Offices 30 No. 3rd St.
Le Chateau 15 No. Naches Ave.
Market Place Deli 304 E. Yakima Ave.
Ron’s Coin & Books 6 No. 3rd St.
Soul Seekers 104 So. 3rd St.
Stems 399 E. Yakima Ave Suite 180
The Seasons 101 No. Naches Ave.
The Yakima Valley Visitor Information Center 101 No. Fair Ave.
Ummelina Yakima Valley Spa Retreat 399 E. Yakima Ave Suite 183