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Say Si Getting Ready For Dia De los Muertos Festivities

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Saturday's family day at Muertitos Fest 2012.

Dia De Los Muertos is a way many Hispanic cultures have learned to process the passing of loved ones and gain a better understanding of death.

Jon Hinojosa from the local youth arts organization Say Sí said Dia De Los Muertos offers something less threatening and more positive than Halloween.

"It’s about remembering those of your loved ones who have passed away, and working to spend some time honoring them through a variety of different ways," Hinojosa said.

Say Sí has built a three-day event around Dia De Los Muertos called Muertitos Fest.

"On Thursday, October 31, we have our opening night fund raiser and preview event, and so the folks who come to that will be the first to see the exhibitions in addition to the students’ work and the artists’ installs and some beautiful and amazing music," Hinojosa said.

Muertitos Fest First Friday is free and open to the public and will feature local bands Azul Barrientos and Bombasta. Saturday is a family-friendly event from noon-3 p.m.

Say Sí will also be showcasing twenty original etchings by Jose Guadalupe Posada, who originated much of the skeleton-based Dia De Los Muertos look we’ve come to know.

Muertitos Fest - A Day of the Dead Celebration from Diego Ponce on Vimeo.