Members of the community are invited to a special Day of the Dead celebration that the Hispanic Migrant Ministry will host Sunday, Oct. 29, at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 152 Main St., Brockport.
From 10 a.m. to noon at the Public Market on Market Street, several Mexican art workshops will demonstrate traditional crafts, including candy sugar skull decorations, paper cutting and mask making. A Mass in Spanish will be celebrated at 1 p.m., and there will be a traditional altar honoring the memory of deceased loved ones.
The Mass will be followed by Mexican folk dances by the Migrant Pastoral Ministry group Coraz√≥n Mexicano. At 3 p.m., there will be a potluck supper with members of the migrant community at Nativity’s parish center. Participants are asked to bring a dish of food to pass.
The Day of the Dead is the Hispanic term for All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day, celebrated on Nov. 1 and 2, respectively. The aim of the observance is to honor the dead and show that death is not to be feared. The traditions surrounding the Day of the Dead evolved from a blend of Spanish Catholic influences and indigenous cultures.