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Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a centuries-old tradition in Mexico and the Arizona-Sonoran borderlands, a vibrant celebration that is also a time of respect and remembrance. Now that you have enjoyed our exhibit and reveled in our heritage festival of Chiles & Chocolate & Day of the Dead, come experience this holiday firsthand. With Stephen Bernier of South of the Border tours and Greg Scott, Nogales resident and southern Arizona cultural interpreter, we will visit the small “cementario” (sic) in historic Tubac, and by way of contrast, the large Pantéon Nacional in Nogales, Sonora where the spirit and colorful pageantry of the holiday awaits. Families gather to clean and decorate the graves and socialize with friends, while colorful street vendors sell ribbon wreaths, cempasúchiles (marigolds) and amaranth (red cock’s comb). Lunch will be at famed La Roca Restaurant, just across the border. Be prepared for about a mile of walking on uneven surfaces. Participants need to bring a passport. Cost includes motorcoach transportation, guide services and lunch.