Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a two-day holiday that honors dead relatives, remembering loved ones and celebrating ancestors. While the holiday originated in Mexico, it is celebrated throughout Latin America.
On Monday, WTTW News reporter Joanna Hernandez moderated the latest edition of our “Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices” community conversation about Día de los Muertos, discussing the holiday’s meaning, traditions and misconceptions with community leaders.
Hernandez was joined by Cesáreo Moreno of the National Museum of Mexican Art; Esperanza Salgado, owner of Brewja Co Gallery in Evergreen Park; the Rev. Laura Gonzalez of Tarot by Laura Gonzalez; Carina Yepez and Norma Rios-Serra of the Comfort Station; and Santa (Isabel) Hernandez, a Pilsen resident who created a 15-foot ofrenda honoring over 250 people.