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Celebrating Day of the Dead in Las Vegas

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Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos is the ancient Latin tradition of honoring the dead by decorating grave stones and creating alters, making offerings to the deceased and honoring family and friends that have passed. With the large Latin population making Las Vegas home there are a couple of events to choose from if you would like to celebrate, or learn more about this tradition.

If you missed the celebrations that happened on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, the traditional dates for this holiday, the Springs Preserve will celebrate it on Saturday Nov. 5 from 4 pm - 10 pm. Explore the facility and enjoy live entertainment, traditional Mexican food, mariachis, face painting, sugar skull decorating, art exhibition and alter displays.

Over 34 participants decorated alters for the deceased and you can help choose the best one by voting for your favorite. The alters are dedicated to a deceased love one and decorated with things they enjoyed in life. This includes food, candles, flowers and pictures. These colorful alters are beautiful and are a playful way to honor the dead.

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Honoring tradition, learning about other cultures and caring for the environment are a part of the Springs Preserve experience. The Springs Preserve is a world class museum complex dedicated to the preservation of the original site of "the meadows," which is what "Las Vegas" means in Spanish. The mall across the street, also called The Meadows, was the only evidence that this was the birthplace of Las Vegas, until the Springs Preserve opened in the summer of 2007.

The springs on the site were used by Native Americans for over 5,000 years and later by European explorers and settlers using the Old Spanish Trail. The springs no longer flow to the surface, but continue to replenish an underground aquifer below the property.

The Springs Preserve has over 180-acres of preserved landscape featuring trails, historical sites, museums, botanical gardens, native flora and fauna displays, interactive exhibits, childrens' playground, meeting rooms and a cafe.

Las Vegas is trying hard to become greener and one of the best all around eco family destinations in Las Vegas is the Springs Preserve. The entire facility was built using green practices and a whole museum on property is dedicated to displaying interactive exhibits on sustainability in the Mojave Desert. Pathways through the property wind in and around water efficient landscaping and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certified buildings.

This weekend, get off the couch, learn and explore a new culture, or honor a cultural tradition you are a part of. Celebrate the Day of the Dead at the Springs Preserve and keep in mind your loved ones who have passed and honor them by living to the fullest.

For more information visit http://www.springspreserve.org.

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