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A traditional Latin dancer performs during last year’s Dia de Los Muertos celebration at Union Station in Ogden.

This Friday is the third annual Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, celebration of life and death at historic Ogden Union Station from 6pm to 9pm with live music, food, works local art, ofrendas (Spanish for offerings), a car show, craft market and more presented by Nurture the Creative Mind.

The event began in 2019 after a conversation earlier that year, said Amir Jackson, director of NCM, who wanted to recognize and celebrate Hispanic culture because it represents a large portion of the Ogden population.

“I wanted to be part of the committee because I attended the first year and felt it was a long overdue celebration for our community of Ogden,” said Estefani Perez-Lopez, Diversity Coordinator and the inclusion of the OWATC. “Not only was it a much needed celebration, but it was also magical – it was wonderful to see people from all walks of life come together to experience and celebrate a tradition that exemplifies the blend of cultures (indigenous and European / Spanish) . “

Since their first year, the committee’s intention has been to “stay authentic, respect tradition, celebrate culture, educate the community, be inclusive and build a legacy”.

This year’s celebration, funded in partnership with Nurture the Creative Mind, Union Station Museums, Ogden City and Ogden City Arts, is led by Lane Montoya, new director of Dia de Los Muertos Ogden and co-owner of Wimpy and Fritz.

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A community altar during last year’s Dia de Los Muertos celebration at Union Station in Ogden.

“We have recruited an excellent range of food vendors, all carefully selected for their exceptional food and service. I know the community will love Bombdilla, Chrurro’mazing, Churro Del Norte and of course Wimpy and Fritz will be there too, ”he said.

Indoor and outdoor festivities include keynote speaker Leon Araujo Sr., owner of the Coffee Links Coffeehouse in Ogden, ofrendas from 12 local families, a community altar, a craft market, a car show by Firme Image Car Club, and artwork by art by local contemporary artist Richard Ramos, urban artist Alex Cervantes, traditional Mexican artist Ayne Velazquez and designer Natalie Blair.

A live Latin music and dance program begins at 6.30 p.m. with Ballet Folklorico’s Rumba Libre, Groupo Clave and Danza y Color.

All members of the community are encouraged and invited to get involved. “Bring a community altar offering, visit one of the many vendors, get food, and dance with all your heart,” Jackson said.

The event committee intends to make the celebration one of Utah’s most important events.

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People gather at the community altar during a celebration of last year’s Dia de Los Muertos at Union Station in Ogden.

They said, “One of the most beautiful aspects of this event is its ability to unify. We have all lost a loved one, and this is an opportunity for us to honor and celebrate their lives together, as a community.

The Limited Edition Los Muertos Ogden Dia T-Shirts are currently available for purchase at the Coffee Links Coffeehouse at 287 Park Blvd.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page: facebook.com/events/521225789156020

Nurture the Creative Mind is hosting the third year of Dia de Los Muertos this Friday, October 29, 2021 at Union Station in Ogden.

The third Dia de Los Muertos celebration in Ogden which will take place this Friday evening, October 29, 2021, will have live music, dancing, a car show and craft market, community altars, food. and more at Union Station.

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