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All Souls Day at The Fountains at La Cholla

All Souls Day or Dia de los Muertos is traditionally observed on November 2nd in Mexico and other parts of Latin America, but in recent years, multicultural public celebrations have spread to communities and cities around the world. The holiday honors the departed souls of loved ones with decorated altars, photos, elaborate paper cutouts and papier-mache figurines, candles, skulls made from sugar, all-night vigils and other offerings and rituals. The All Souls Procession in Tucson, is inspired by the traditional Latin American holiday Dia de los Muertos. The procession includes giant art projects, costumes, floats and music. It ends with a giant urn hoisted 40 feet in the air being set ablaze containing prayer notes honoring loved ones. We viewed the documentary film Many Bones, One Heart which validated the healing power of giving a creative voice to grief. After viewing the film some of us wrote prayers to loved ones which will be placed in the urn at the procession and burned. In the afternoon we met outside on the patio and were privileged to listen to Rebecca Foreman, the harpist for the Tucson Pops Symphony. Rebecca played beautiful pieces of music!

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