This weekend, the dead will not only be remembered, but celebrated as well.
Altars will be built, food offered, sugar skulls painted and graves cleaned during Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.
The holiday, held Nov. 1-2, is a time to pay homage to ancestors and honor those who have died.
The sixth annual Dia de los Muertos event hosted by West Valley dance group Ballet Folklorico Esperanza will run from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Goodyear Farms Cemetery, 3800 W. Santa Fe Trail in Avondale.
Ballet Folklorico Esperanza Director Kathi Soria founded the event, which was originally held at Estrella Mountain Community College in Avondale, to bring awareness about the holiday and its history, she said.