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First North Oakland Day of the Dead event--tonight

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A new Day of the Dead event is coming to North Oakland, starting tonight, at 5 PM. The Institute for Urban Homestading is the sponsor, and here's what they have to say about the celebration:

The Day of the Dead is an important spiritual holiday, a time to honor our ancestors and those who have gone before us, our Beloved Dead. In traditions and cultures around the world, this is the time when "the veil between the worlds draws thin, " both literally and figuratively. This celebration marks the end of harvest, when nature itself goes into dormancy. Tradition holds that at this time the dead can cross over to the land of the living to partake of worldly pleasures and visit their loved ones. Day of the Dead is also a celebration of locale. In Mexico people camp out in the cemetery for days reconnecting with community past and present. Traditional European celebrations of the season were marked by the spiral dance—a joining of hands of the entire community to celebrate where we've been and where we are going, who has passed on and who has been born. The first annual North Oakland Day of the Dead celebration embraces the spirit of the season and our place. . We invite everyone from the neighborhood and beyond to join us in this home grown Day of the Dead Celebration, honoring our people and our place.

The celebration will connect two ends of the neighborhood with processions starting at the two triangle parks., Driver Park (60th & Adeline) and McGregor Park (52nd & West). You get to choose where to start! The processions will join at Dover Park for a short ceremony calling forth the dead, community altar building and candlelight picnic (food provided).

Participants are invited to wear a costume or facepaint, bring flowers, candles and/or digital photo copies of their beloved dead for the altar. It is also recommended to dress warmly and bring a blanket to sit on. We respectfully ask folks to refrain from picture taking during the procession and ceremony. Other times photography is welcome.

Schedule of events
5pm Gather at either Driver Park or McGregor Park
5:30 Processions to Dover Park
6pm Music Jam and Ceremony--Calling for the Dead
6:30 Altar Building and Food
8pm Clean Up

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