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Rockford Urban Ministries is hosting a “Day of the Dead” display beginning Tuesday, Nov. 2, through Friday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., in honor of the Hispanic festivities taking place throughout the world. JustGoods Fair Trade Market, 201 Seventh St., Rockford, will host the affair.
As is the custom, an altar will be set up to remember those recently departed. The altar usually has bread and items that are of significance to the departed, as a way of remembering and celebrating their lives.
The altar that will be on display in the gallery will remember the lives of those who assisted Rockford Urban Ministries in fulfilling their mission of reconnecting the city with the Spirit of Love. People are welcome to bring small tokens of their loved ones to place on or near the altar.
JustGoods will also have a display of kites, available for purchase.
According to tradition, the kites are flown to raise the souls of the dead to Heaven and to turn away evil spirits. The inhabitants of Santiago, Sacatepequez, believe that on Nov. 2 they can communicate with their dead and send good messages on the kites. For this reason, they design beautiful kites with many colors to communicate messages of happiness.
This tradition is unique and special because on this day, nobody is sad. Instead, all the people are happy, and the time they share is a good time for all the family and for visitors.
For more information, call Stanley Campbell at Rockford Urban Ministries at (815) 964-7111.