North Spokane’s Mexican Restaurant Celebrates Día de los Muertos

A restaurant in Spokane has a special connection to the Mexican holiday. Maracas and Mariscos celebrate Día de los Muertos every year.

SPOKANE, Wash. – Developed largely in Mexico, Día de los Muertos honors the memory of those who have passed and invites their souls to visit loved ones for the day.

The Querea family, owners of the Mexican restaurant Maracas and Mariscocelebrate the Día de los Muertos every year.

America Querea, owner of the restaurant, says it’s one of her favorite holidays.

Mexican culture is very special because all the people who died, today is a special day where all the souls come back,” Querea said.

Día de los Muertos is the day she and her family come together to remember and honor deceased relatives.

“The family is getting closer and spending time together and they talk about memories that we couldn’t live, but they have to live,” said Oliva Zalpa, Querea’s daughter.

“The people of Spokane don’t know anything about it,” Querea said. “And I think everyone wants to know and explain to people how important it is to us.”

America and her family are from Paracho, the same town that was portrayed in the film Coco, which is about the Day of the Dead.

Inside their North Spokane restaurant they have authentic Mexican paintings to demonstrate their Mexican heritage.

“It’s very important to us, there’s a lot of tradition,” Querea said, “And having a little something for my culture makes me very happy.”

America hopes to share that tradition in Maracas and Marisco, where it wants people to feel like they’re living Mexico.

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