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A time to celebrate 13th annual Celebraciones de la Gente

Please click on photos or headlines below for slideshows of photos from the 13th annual Celebraciones de la Gente

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The lighting of the ofrendas greet museum members during 2016 Celebraciones de la Gente reception

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Cultural performances, lectures and activities greet visitors on first day of 2016 Celebraciones de la Gente

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Region celebrates second day of 2016 Celebraciones de la Gente

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Northern Arizona community honors memories of families with closing ceremony at 2016 Celebraciones de la Gente

Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces to participate again in the ‘Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe’

OLG01Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces will join with other groups in the annual “Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe,” with activities scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11 and 12. The event traditionally includes a procession starting at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 224 S. Kendrick St., Flagstaff.

The procession will then proceed to San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church, 1600 E, Route 66, where participants and the public will be greeted by more than 400 luminarias placed up the hill to the church by members of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces. Upon arriving at the church, entertainment will include music by Mariachi Mexico Antiguo of Las Vegas, a performance by the Matachines Dancers an a play on “The Story of Our Lady of Guadalupe.”

A Novena and Rosary will then be held at 7 a.m., followed by an Mass with Father Patrick Mowrer and and Mananitas by Mariachi Mexico Antiguo at 8:15 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

Once again, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church will be lit by more than 250 luminaries placed by members of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces.

Members of Sociedades Guadalupanas will then present breakfast downstairs at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Cultural Center as a fundraiser for maintenance of the church.

All the events are open to the public.

Send an email to contact@flagstaffnuestrasraices.org for more information.

Celebraciones de la Gente 2015 comes to a festive conclusion

Click on the photo above to see a slideshow from the closing day of the 12th annual Celebraciones de la Gente on Oct. 25 at the Museum of Northern Arizona. The program included a performance by Mariachi Mexico Antiguo. Photos by Frank X. Moraga / AmigosNAZ ©2015
Click on the photo above to see a slideshow from the closing day of the 12th annual Celebraciones de la Gente on Oct. 25 at the Museum of Northern Arizona. The program included a performance by Mariachi Mexico Antiguo. Photos by Frank X. Moraga / AmigosNAZ ©2015

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.

Celebraciones de la Gente continues at Museum of Northern Arizona

 Click on the photo above to see a slideshow of the opening day for the public of the 12th annual Celebraciones de la Gente at the Museum of Northern Arizona. The event included performances by Members of Ballet Folklorico de Colores de Flagstaff.
Click on the photo above to see a slideshow of the opening day for the public of the 12th annual Celebraciones de la Gente at the Museum of Northern Arizona. The event included performances by Members of Ballet Folklorico de Colores de Flagstaff.

FLAGSTAFF — Celebraciones de la Gente got off to a rousing start on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 at the Museum of Northern Arizona.

Click here to see a slideshow of the opening day for the public of the  12th annual Celebraciones de la Gente.

12th annual Celebraciones de la Gente opens to the public on Oct. 24 for two-day celebration of Día de los Muertos

Click on the photo above to see a slideshow of the preparations and member’s preview on Oct. 23 at the 12th annual Celebraciones de la Gente. Above, one of the nearly two-dozen altars / ofrendas in the courtyard at the Museum of Northern Arizona.
Click on the photo above to see a slideshow of the preparations and member’s preview on Oct. 23 at the 12th annual Celebraciones de la Gente. Above, one of the nearly two-dozen altars / ofrendas in the courtyard at the Museum of Northern Arizona.

FLAGSTAFF — Final preparations were completed by Friday afternoon with the hanging of strings of papel picado and the adornment of nearly two dozen altars at the Museum of Northern Arizona as Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces prepared for the 12th annual Celebraciones de la Gente to be held Oct. 24-25. In partnership with the Museum of Northern Arizona, the celebration opened with a member’s preview on Friday evening with the lighting of candles throughout the historic Jaime Major Golightly Historic Courtyard. The public is invited to attend Celebraciones at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 and Sunday, Oct. 25.

Click here to see a slideshow of the preparations and member’s preview at the 12th annual Celebraciones de la Gente.

Sunset Magazine lists Celebraciones as one its its ‘“The West’s best Day of the Dead celebrations’

SunsetSunset Magazine included Celebraciones de la Gente in Flagstaff as one of its “The West’s best Day of the Dead celebrations.”

“The festival features the usual handicrafts, altars, and music, but with a hint of the Old West, thanks to the participation of Nuestras Raíces (‘Our Roots’), a local heritage organization honoring the city’s Hispanic pioneer families from the early 1900s,” the magazine reported

Click here to see the full article.

12th annual Celebraciones de la Gente to be held Oct. 24-25 at the Museum of Northern Arizona

Courtesy photo by Tony Marinella
Courtesy photo by Tony Marinella

Celebrate Mexican cultural traditions in a festive and vibrant setting at the 12th Annual Celebraciones de la Gente, a lively Day of the Dead festival Oct. 24 and 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) in Flagstaff.

Visitors will enjoy two days of fine art and unique crafts, Ballet Folklórico and Aztec dancing, Mariachi music and Day of the Dead inspired crafts for the kids.

Celebraciones de la Gente is presented in partnership with Nuestras Raíces, a local grassroots organization of Flagstaff’s Hispanic pioneer families from the 1900s, dedicated to promoting Mexican, Mexican-American and Hispanic culture. Members of the group will lead insightful heritage workshops and discussions throughout the weekend.

“A joyous occasion, the festival is a way for the community to honor deceased loved ones and transform grief into music, dance and artistic expression,” said Linda Martin, MNA Heritage Program Manager. “Death is not the end, but rather the beginning of a new stage in life.”

Photo courtesy of Tony Marinella
Photo courtesy of Tony Marinell.

Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos), an ancient pre-Columbian observance, is held throughout Mexico, Latin America and the Southwest on Nov. 1 and 2 (All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day). While rituals and timing vary geographically, central to every celebration is a gathering of friends and family who visit cemeteries to remember their loved ones. Today’s celebrations fuse centuries of indigenous practices with contemporary traditions and spiritual beliefs. Ofrendas (altars), marigold flowers, sugar skulls and skeleton caricatures, pan de muerto (bread of the dead) and photos of those who have passed take center stage.

The Museum’s Jaime Major Golightly Historic Courtyard will be transformed — decorated with brightly colored papel picado (cut paper banners), candles and flower-and-memento-filled ofrendas created by local families and artists.

A members preview, Friday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. includes a silent auction and first opportunity to purchase artwork from participating artists. To become a member of the Museum of Northern Arizona, call 928-774-5211, ext. 219.

Oct. 24-25 — Celebraciones de la GenteThe Museum of Northern Arizona is at 3101 N. Fort Valley Road, three miles from downtown Flagstaff on scenic Highway 180 leading to the Grand Canyon.

Event admission is $12 adult and $8 student (with ID), American Indian (with tribal affiliation) and youth (10-17). Children under 10 and MNA members are free.

Celebraciones is made possible through the Arizona Commission on the Arts which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, Arizona Humanities, City of Flagstaff BBB Revenues and Flagstaff Arts Council.

For more information, visit musnaz.org, 928.774.5213 or contact Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces at contact@flagstaffnuestrasraices.org for more information.

Flagstaff celebrates Mariachi Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church

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Click here to view a slideshow of the Mariachi Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church

Once again the sounds of violas and guitars could be heard when Mariachi Azteca de Sol from Tucson performed its annual Mariachi Mass on Sunday June 28 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Flagstaff.

Father Patrick Mower celebrated the Mass as more than 100 people attended the second annual gathering, which is held the day after the “Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada & Car Show” on the grounds of the church.

Mariachi Azteca de Sol performed outside, welcoming the faithful to the church, and then performed during the services and again outside to conclude the event.

New this year was a second performance to follow at San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church on Route 66.

Thank you to supporters who donated funds to bring the Mariachi Mass to Flagstaff.