On November 1, Poder Familiar and EarthCare hosted a Día de los Muertos celebration. A group of parents met for several weeks leading up to the event for planning. They discussed the ways that their families have traditionally celebrated the holiday. Their ideas were brought to life at Zona del Sol on the evening of Día de los Muertos. The garden area was decorated with colorful papeles picados that encircled the focal point of the celebration: the altar. Families brought marigolds, candles, food, photos and mementos of their loved ones who have passed away to the altar. The altar was a place to honor loved ones and allow their spirits to enjoy the essence of the items that their families brought. A local mom and community leader with Poder Familiar began the celebration with a prayer and an invitation for everyone to enjoy the evening and celebrate the lives and spirits of their loved ones. We then feasted on enchiladas, mole, beans, rice, and other foods that were reminiscent of those who have passed away. Children and adults got their faces painted, colored pictures of calaveras, and decorated sugar skulls. The event was often punctuated by bursts of laughter from the children. The event showed a mature acknowledgement of death and loss but maintained a genuine spirit of honor and celebration.