HENDERSON, Ky. (WFIE) - In just a few weeks Central Park will be the site for a Day of the Dead celebration.
Officials with the planning committee tell us it is a good opportunity for people to learn about Hispanic culture. But, City Commissioner is speaking out against the event.
Judge-Executive Brad Schneider says there has been a big increase in the Latino population in recent years.
City Commissioner Patti Bugg says there are other ways to educate the community.
“I’d say 99 percent of the day of the dead is probably innocent. I think that’s fine," says Commissioner Bugg. "I think if you want to honor your loved ones. I think the only challenge is if they actually try to summons somebody else, you know, a loved one from the grave, then I think they’re asking for some serious stuff. As a Christian, I don’t think they can do that.”
Organizer Abraham Brown says the event is less about religion and more about educating the community about Latino culture.
“It’s meant to be a celebration to remember our loved ones," explains Brown. "As I was saying before, whenever someone passes away, we wouldn’t hide their pictures. We honor them and we make sure we remember them. It’s just a remembrance celebration.”
Commissioner Bugg says she feels its important to welcome all people to the community and says there are plenty of other ways to do that other than this event.
“And no matter what their beliefs and opinions are, we want to welcome them," says Commissioner Bugg. "Because just as everyone else has their opinion and beliefs, then everyone here has that and we should respect that and honor that and in no way am I trying to discredit that in any way.”
The event will be held on November 2 at Central Park in Henderson.
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