From 12:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, a Day of the Dead Community Altar honoring all those whom we love and who have died will be created in the great stone circle at Spirit Mountain Retreat.

The tradition of building altars remembering the deceased, using photos, flowers, candles, skulls, marigolds, favorite foods as gifts of love and gratitude is ancient and precious. Come and bring your photos, stories, images, food and share in the joy of creating our community altar of remembrance. The ritual prayer will be from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Day of the Dead derives from the ancient Aztec and Mayan cultures. People of Mexican heritage as well as cultures worldwide celebrate a time to honor death, the fall harvest and the New Year.

Day of the Dead occurs Nov. 1 and 2 and is connected with All Saints’ Day and All Souls Day of the Catholic tradition — all of which coincides with own Halloween — All Hallows’ Eve. Come for as long as you can.

If there are questions, contact Spirit Mountain at (951) 659-2523.