El Día de los Muertos is an annual holiday dating back almost 3,000 years to its roots in Mexico. It features symbolic traditions, vibrant colors and faith-based practices that connect the living to the dead. Since it’s inception, the celebration spread to other Latin American countries, as well as the United States.
Waukegan, where the Latino population is 53.4%, came together on Nov. 4 to celebrate the holiday at the Lakehurst Center. Attendees shared traditional foods, dances and clothes to honor their culture and the loved ones that are no longer with them.