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Celebrating Día De Los Muertos

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Death isn't usually cause for celebration in the United States.

But a tradition born in Mexico changes that from Oct 31-Nov. 2, when Latino communities celebrate Día de los Muertos. These festivities swap mourning black for bright colors, emphasizing quality time with family members both living and passed.

Rogue Valley resident Erica Ledesma is a frequent contributor to the bilingual magazine, Revista Caminos. She studied Cultural Anthropology and Ethnic Studies at the UO. Ledesma joins us with a primer on the history and traditions of Día de los Muertos.  
 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.