Courtesy Tacoma Art Museum: This year, Tacoma Art Museum will celebrate its annual Día de los Muertos Festival online, beginning Oct. 31 to Nov. 15.
Courtesy Tacoma Art Museum: This year, Tacoma Art Museum will celebrate its annual Día de los Muertos Festival online, beginning Oct. 31 to Nov. 15.

Tacoma Art Museum will present an online version of the annual Día de los Muertos Festival at the museum’s website,   www.tacomaartmuseum.org, from Oct. 31 through Nov. 15.

A new, online version of the festival gives website visitors an opportunity to create art from afar, enjoy performances and develop a virtual ofrenda, or altar, exhibition. The altars are a beloved centerpiece to the annual festival at TAM. Traditionally, families assemble altars in their homes laden with offerings of food and drink to nourish the spirits on their long journey back home. Flowers, candles, clay figurines, sugar skeletons with the names of the deceased and personal messages to the spirits are placed on the altars.

Tacoma Art Museum’s annual  Día de los Muertos  Festival, hosted in partnership with  Proyecto Mole and Centro Latino,  has grown over the past 16 years, bringing together community organizations, schools, families and individuals to create altars, remember loved ones, celebrate culture and share with community, according to the announcement.

Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead,  is an annual celebration that spans centuries, generations and cultures across Latin America with roots in Mexico. Celebrants believe that every year the souls of the dead can enter the human realm to reunite with loved ones, but only if they are remembered on the Day of the Dead.

Call 253-272-4258, or visit www.tacomaartmuseum.org, for more information.