With respect for history comes respect for traditions. A yearly event at La Vista is the community wide celebration of Day of the Dead. The holiday is rooted in centuries of Aztec culture, and is celebrated each fall beginning at sundown. (Each year, the date is announced well in advance at Lavistamemorialpark.com)
Aztecs viewed death as the continuation of life. After the Spanish invaded the New World, Dia de los Muertos became a fusion of Aztec beliefs and Christian traditions. The tradition is carried on today in the U.S. and Canada by Mexicans and other Latin Americans who settled in North America.
Because Day of the Dead generally occurs near Halloween, some have confused it as simply a Mexican version of Halloween. But to Day of the Dead celebrants, the cultural expressions couldn’t be more different. Halloween celebrants embrace spooky, scary themes and characters. Day of the Dead, on the other hand, is a time of celebration and partying – completely without frightful overtones or references to a ghostly underworld. Dia de Los Muertos Day of the Dead History is an ongoing record of how human character shapes circumstance. At La Vista, we believe that one constant lesson of history is that our strengths and our values are measured best not by what we inherit from our forebears, but by what we pass on to our children