DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION
FARMWORKER ASSOCIATION OF FLORIDA APOPKA
While others are celebrating Halloween, members of the farmworker and immigrant communities in the Apopka area will be following their ethnic traditions in commemoration of the annual celebration of the Day of the Dead – a Mexican holiday that is celebrated in many cultures around the world and that is a time to remember and pray for one’s ancestors and family members. It is an offering to the deceased and a celebration of the living.
“We are proud of our cultural practices and want to share them with others,” said Tirso Moreno, General Coordinator of the Farmworker Association of Florida.
A colorful and beautiful altar in the main conference room of the Farmworker Association of Florida is the centerpiece of the activities and celebrations and is the work of ethnic artist and musician David Peñaflor.
Activities at the Farmworker Association of Florida Office in Apopka, 1264 Apopka Blvd., Apopka, FL include:
October 28-November 2 – Altar and Offering of the Day of the Dead
This year the altar will be dedicated to the immigrants who perished in their efforts to come to the United States in search of freedom and a better life. The offering or altar is for anyone in the community who wishes to bring photos or items and articles in memory of their family members to place on the altar.
November 1 at Noon – Day of the Dead; Celebration of the Living – News Media Invited
An illustrated presentation and talk by noted artist and entertainer David Peñaflor, who will be giving a talk on the history and customs and traditions of the Day of the Dead
November 2 at 7pm – Musical Literary and Artistic Event – A Community Event
The event will include a ceremony on the mystery of death and its significance for different cultures. It will include ethnic and symbolic entertainment by artists David Peñaflor, Lily Carrasquillo, the Huitzilin Group and other invited artists. The community is invited to the event. In addition, there will be tamales and atole for the community to enjoy during the celebration on November 2.