Día de los Muertos means Day of the Dead and is a 3,000-year-old Mexican tradition of honoring loved ones who have passed away with small altars and gifts of their favorite foods, beverages, flowers and more.
The colorful tradition is a festive one and is widely celebrated in Mexico as a holiday. Now County Parks and Recreation is offering its second annual Día de Los Muertos family festival Saturday, October 27 on the grounds of Rancho Guajome Adobe, a National Historic Landmark in Vista.
Visitors can watch a Ballet Folklorico dance troupe; an equestrian drill team; enjoy Banda Norteña music and take self-guided tours of the 22-room adobe ranch house complete with remembrance displays.
Children can get their faces painted and make crafts such as ‘ghosts’ and tissue paper flowers. Carriage rides will be available for a small fee.
The event takes place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rancho Guajome Adobe located at 2210 North Santa Fe Ave. in Vista, 92083. Admission is $4 for anyone 13 years and older, $2 for children ages 4 to 12, and free for children under the age of three. Parking is free and there will be food available and arts and crafts vendors.
Rancho Guajome Adobe is rich in history itself. The restored 7,000 square-foot home dates back to 1853 and features period furnishings. The acreage was part of a Mexican land grant and later became a prosperous California ranch and farm before the County acquired the adobe home and 566 acres of the original land grant in 1973.