Day of Dead Rosemont Celebration
By DIANE TURNER-HURNS
Journal & Topics Reporter
In addition to tricks and treats, from Halloween (Oct. 31) through Nov. 2 many Rosemont residents will honor dearly departed friends and family members with a colorful, near one-story high “Day of the Dead” altar at the Rosemont Recreation Center, 7128 Barry St.
The new altar plays a pivotal role in the annual event, which focuses on prayers and remembrance of friends and family members who have died. It is full of items, such as cigars, flowers, cooking tools, artwork, fruit and more in remembrance.
On Nov. 2, residents are invited to bring refreshments and dishes of food to help celebrate the occasion, rec center Supervisor Alex Perez said.
“Usually, people will bring plates of food,” he said. “If people want to bring food, we encourage them to do so only on Nov. 2, the last day of the event.”
Not only did Rosemont resident Evangelina Perez come up with the idea to build an altar at the recreation center, but she rounded up volunteers who went out and purchased the materials and built it in about a day.
Maria Perez, Guadalupe Martinez, Sofia Ibarra, Marta Trejo, Rosa Contreras, Marbeli De La Rosa and Ed Ramirez helped Evangelina design and build the altar which sits just inside the recreation center in the game room in front of the indoor soccer field.
Next to the altar is information on what the “Day of the Dead” is and its importance for Mexican residents.
“We wanted to do something special,” Perez said. “My wife (Evangelina) is a former librarian. At the schools where she worked they would often have ‘Day of the Dead’ events and programs as well as altars. It’s like All Saints Day.
“We invite everyone to participate in the celebration,” Perez said. “We also look forward to seeing everyone at the Thursday, Oct. 27 Halloween costume party at the recreation center. We’re going to have a ton of games, refreshments, pizza, costume prizes and more. All residents are invited.”