Calaveras County...Skull County?

Happy November!We hope everyone had a safe and festive Halloween! Saturday, we get to celebrate again with Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). This holiday is filled with dancing, feasts, calaveras (skull) face paintings in honor of the deceased. This Mexican holiday dates back to Aztec festivals celebrating the goddess Mictecacihuatl and has deep roots in our beautiful Calaveras County (which translates to Land of the Skulls). The county was reportedly named when Spanish explorer Captain Gabriel Moraga uncovered the remains of Natives in the Gold Country more than a hundred years ago. We will be celebrating the day at the 4th Annual Day of the Dead in Murphy's. Shop owners and wine tasting rooms in our quaint Northern California town will feature traditional Dia de los Muertos art, food, sugar skulls, face painting, live music and authentic alters celebrating deceased loved ones. There will even be a procession through St. Patrick's Cemetery, so bring your flashlights (or download a flashlight app) and dress for a November chill. We're also celebrating by featuring Calaveras County in our Gold Country Giveaway! Enter to WIN a FREE gift for two that includes a horseback wine tour at Twisted Oak Winery, dinner at Grounds in Murphy's and an overnight stay at Murphy's Historic Inn. There's nothing spooky about that! Enter to win HERE!-The JB Tourism Team