COURTESY PHOTO: MEGAN EATOUGH - Women from Adelante Mujeres Adult Education program pose in front of their Dia de Muertos altar last Wednesday, Oct. 28. From left to right are Clara GarcÍa, Aracelys de la Cruz Ruiz, Magdalena Carbajal, Lionila Cisneros, Blanca Lili Miranda, Ducila Morales, AnahÍ Miranda, Yasi lemus Isla, Aracely Román Peralta, Josefina Mendosa, Rosselyn Melchor Miranda, Alejandra BaylÍn and Lorena MartÍnez.  Adelante Mujeres combined the final outdoor Forest Grove Farmers Market of 2015 and its annual Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration Wednesday, Oct. 8, downtown.

“Día de Muertos is a traditional and joyful Mexican holiday that honors the lives of the deceased with a spirit of joy [and] reverence,” said Megan Eatough, communications/volunteer coordinator for the Forest Grove nonprofit. “The tradition honors death as the beginning of a new stage in life and celebrates the continuation of life for our ancestors and deceased.” COURTESY PHOTO: GINI PETERSEN - These two girls dressed up to resemble famed Mexican painter Frida Kahlo during Day of the Dead festivities at the final Forest Grove Farmers Market of the season.

Adelante’s Día de Muertos celebration is “a way that we can share this vibrant and unique tradition and promote cross-cultural community connections,” Eatough added.

Entertainment and activities were provided for children and adults at the market, and altar displays were set up at La Hacienda on Main Street. They were created by Adelante’s 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: GINI PETERSEN - Veronica Mata and Lizbeth Estevez sport their MeCHA T-shirts at Adelante Mujeres Dia de Muertos event last Wednesday.

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