The Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley just opened their Day of the Dead Altar in preparation for their Nov. 2 festivities. The center, which is dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of cultural traditions, offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in an authentic fiesta atmosphere, 6–9 p.m.

The free community celebration will have food, crafts, entertainment and exciting children's activities, too.

Those who want to prepare for the Hispanic holiday can visit the newly-constructed altar Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (or by appointment) to pay their respects to loved ones that have passed on. Traditionally, photos of loved ones, objects from their life, and their favorite foods are placed on the altar or at gravesides as ofrendas, or offerings to the deceased.

Though the Dia de los Muertos is a memorial holiday that focuses on the joys of life and celebrates rebirth as much as death. On Nov. 2, the Center offers more than an amusing event, it offers a intellectually-enriching experience.