KANSAS CITY, Mo— Dia De La Muertos translated means Day of the Dead. This sounds like a terrifying holiday however the traditions of the Mexican celebration are rich with vivid colors and costumes, candy and authentic foods, and of course musicians and dancing.Day of the Dead

Click play below to listen to KMZU’s Ashley Johnson visit with Francis Family Foundation Educator for Family Programs and Events at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Sarah Hyde-Schmiedeler, about their up-coming Day of the Dead Festival and Altar:

November 1st is Mexico’s national holiday, Dia De Le Muertos. On this day essentially, the natives celebrate their loved ones lives instead of mourning their death. They also believe this serves as an aid in the deceased’s spiritual journey in the afterlife.

During the celebration, family and friends will traditionally build altars to honor their lost loved ones. The shrines, if you will, are then adorned with sugar skulls, marigolds, favorite foods and beverages.

Representations of Catrina, one of the most popular figures of the Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico

Representations of Catrina, one of the most popular figures of the Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico

While the holiday is celebrated worldwide and in many different ways the true Day of the Dead originated in Mexico.

Of the many places that will take part in some manner of celebration for the honoring holiday, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, will put a twist into their Sunday, November 1, 2015, festival.

While still putting focus on the origin and traditions of the holiday, Hyde-Schmiedeler said the exhibit, or altar, will also draw attention to earths four elements; earth, wind, water, and fire. And although the knowledge of these elements dates back to the time of Aztec Indians, they are not customarily used in common Day of the Dead altars.

Hyde-Schmiedeler excitedly explained days at the museum are always free of charge and the festival will be no different. Those interested in attending are encouraged to show up early and make their way around the museum before festivities begin at noon. Doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.

Some highlights of the afternoon include musicians, traditional dancing, mexican food, arts and crafts, and much more.

To learn more about the Dia De La Muertos party, Nelson-Atkins style, visit nelson-atkins.org.