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Day of the Dead Celebrations 2020

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Altar and Catrina contests will indeed be part of traditional Day of the Dead celebrations in Puerto PeƱasco this year, though with a limited public and broadcast live over social media.

With the goal of preserving Mexican traditions while also complying with health protocols, Day of the Dead altars will be set up at CasĆ” Juarez this year. This will allow for controlled public access in limited numbers. The traditional Catrina and Catrin contest will be held without an audience though broadcast on social media so that people can watch from the comfort of their own homes.

City cemeteries will also be closed to the public on Nov. 1st and 2nd, to prevent large gatherings and health risks. Still, social media pages encourage the community to create altars for Day of the Dead in their own homes or patios.

Itā€™s worth noting the altar and catrina contests held along the ā€œRodeo Driveā€ curios mall in recent years had positioned itself as a traditional event, drawing thousands of local residents and tourist to take part in our colorful customs, as well as delight in Mexican treats and artistic presentations

However, this year celebrations have been altered with the goal of ensuring people remain healthy and safe.

Day of the Dead Altar and Catrina Contest Program

Saturday, October 31st

Starting at 4 p.m. – Exhibition of participating altars ā€“ inside Casa JuĆ”rez and with controlled access

Altar dedicated to don Beto Molina at the Public Library, and traditional altar in the offices of the Tohono Oā€™odham

6 p.m.  Judges will evaluate participating altars (to be aired live from Facebook page of Gobierno de Puerto PeƱasco)

8 p.m.  Altar award ceremony (Casa JuĆ”rez)9 p.m.  Catrina contest and awards at the Municipal Civic Auditorium, without an audience.  To be broadcast on the Facebook page of Gobierno de Puerto PeƱasco following the altar awards.

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