Day of the Dead, a 3,000-year-old tradition, is a beautiful celebration of families gathering to remember loved ones who have passed away by creating “ofrendas” (colorful
altars), featuring photos of the deceased and other offerings such as prayers, candles, food, and flowers.

The festival will be celebrated at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village for the second year in a row from October 29-November 1. Elaborate ofrendas will be created by Ken Heflin and Jim Bullock, which will be on display in Patio del Norte and Patio de las Campanas. Everyone from the community is invited to add to these altars with photos or offerings for their own deceased family members, friends, and pets. The belief is that by preparing an altar, the grief of death is transformed into acceptance. The free evening also includes flamenco music by guitarist and flautist Drew Bennett and guitarist Eric Miller. The altars will be displayed through 5 p.m. Nov. 1.

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village is a unique “village” with a variety of galleries, shops and dining spots, it’s like walking around a beautiful Mexican town. El Portal is a short one minute walk to Tlaquepaque just down the drive. We have lovely rooms available for you to relax in while you celebrate Dia de los Muertos. Our luxury inn is also a pet friendly bed and breakfast, with pet patios for your canine companion.

Call El Portal Sedona Hotel for a Sedona Arizona vacation and celebrate! 1-800-313-0017 or go online and check out our Sedona hotel packages.