FLAGSTAFF — The 12th annual Celebraciones de la Gente came to a festive and fitting conclusion on Sunday Oct. 25 with the traditional blessing of the ofrendas / altars by In Tlanextli Tlacopan Aztec Fire Dancers, music by Mariachi Mexico Antiguo and the group photo in front of the Museum of Northern Arizona.
The event was presented by the museum in partnership with Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces
A full day of activities preceded the closing ceremony, which included workshops on sugar skull decorating, creating an ofrenda, the history behind “La Llorona (The Weeping Woman)” with Stella Pope Duarte, and performances by Ballet Folklorico de Colores de Flagstaff along with Mariachi Mexico Antiguo and In Tlanextli Tlacopan Aztec Fire Dancers.
A variety of vendors selling traditional arts, crafts and jewelry could be found throughout the museum, along with nearly two dozen ofrendas in the museum’s historic Jaime Major Golightly Historic Courtyard.
Click here to see a slideshow of the closing day of the 12th annual Celebraciones de la Gente.
Commemorative photo booklets are still available for sale online — click here — as a benefit to Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces to help the organization bring more cultural programs to the region.