Adelante Mujeres hosts a Day of the Dead celebration every year at the last Forest Grove Farmers Market of the season. Adelante Mujeres — a Forest Grove nonprofit empowering Latina women by helping them obtain life and job skills — will host the final outdoor Forest Grove Farmers Market of the year and its annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration today, Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Día de los Muertos is a traditional Mexican holiday that honors the lives of the deceased with a spirit of joy, reverence and celebration. The tradition honors death as the beginning of a new stage in life and celebrates the continuation of life for ancestors and the deceased.

The event will take place at the farmers market from 4 to 7 p.m. on Main Street between 21st Avenue and Pacific Avenue. Entertainment and activities will be outside among the usual vendors, with altar displays inside La Hacienda at 2020 Main St. The altars will be crafted by Adelante Mujeres’ Adult Education students, Pacific University’s Hispanic Heritage Student Association, MeCHA (a Chicano student group), and parents of the Chicas Youth Development students. COURTESY PHOTO - Memorials and photos honoring loved ones who have passed are common at Day of the Dead celebrations.

The event is free and open to the public and will feature face painting, samples of traditional champurrado (a Mexican hot chocolate drink) and pan de muerto, cooking demonstrations by New Seasons Market, candle lighting and a raffle. Musical performances will include a DJ, Aztec dance ceremony and a mariachi singer.

Day of the Dead costumes are strongly encouraged. For more information, contact Megan Eatough at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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