The City of Edinburg is gearing up for another memorable Dia De Los Muertos or Day of the Dead Celebration.  The annual Los Muertos Bailan is a night of music, dance, food, art, and Day of the Dead traditions.

The free event which begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 27 at the Edinburg City Hall Courtyard is a pre-celebration of the Day of the Dead, a popular celebration in many parts of the United States, particularly where there are large Hispanic communities meant to remember loved ones that have passed on.

The Edinburg Los Muertos Bailan celebration will showcase the community’s artistic, musical, and dancing talents. This year’s event will once again feature the Catrin/Catrina contest for both children and adults. Everyone is invited to dress in their best costume for a chance to win some great prizes.

The main feature of this year’s event, however, will be La Guelaguetza, being brought to the community by a delegation from Oaxaca, Mexico. La Guelaguetza festival is a combination of pre-hispanic celebrations ofCenteotl, the Corn Goddess, and the traditional Catholic Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The wordGuelaguetza is indigenous and it means “offering” in the Zapotec language. This year Edinburg is honored to have a scaled down version of La Guelguetza as part of the Día de Los Muertos Celebration.

The celebration will also include a Calenda, a street parade with life-size Día de Los Muertos puppets, music, dancing, and live replicas of famous celebrities strewn throughout the parade. The Calenda will begin on McIntyre Street by the Edinburg Fire Department at 6 p.m. with the festivities to follow in the Courtyard located at 415 West University Drive.

For more information call the Sekula Memorial Library at (956) 383-6246.