Leading up to this weekend's Day of the Dead celebration, the Latino Arts for Humanity president embraces autumn, tattoos and the circle of life

Leticia Vazquez Smith is a cultural worker, a researcher, a craftswoman and an avid promoter of Mexican traditional culture in Columbus. She is also president of the Latino Arts for Humanity organization, and she has curated an annual Day of the Dead program at various locations since 1999. Since 2006, the celebration has become a community event with the help of volunteers who joined her mission to preserve the "Día de los Muertos" tradition in Columbus.

On Saturday, Oct. 19, Green Lawn Cemetery will host this year's Day of the Dead event to celebrate life and remember the lives of family and friends who have gone before. Activities include art exhibitions, live music, dance performances, interactive children's activities, art vendors, a tour of the cemetery, Calaveritas reading and authentic Mexican food.

Here are some things Vázquez Smith loves.

I love the fact that Day of the Dead is getting more popular in Columbus. It makes me feel at home.

I love seeing so many tattoos with sugar skulls, and the great artists in Columbus who do these tattoos, like the ones at Evolved.

I love autumn's feeling of harvest. That connection with nature and Mother Earth is priceless.

I am loving the idea of having a real “Day of the Dead” at the cemetery this Oct. 19, and having the opportunity to decorate with flowers for a celebration of life.

I am loving the opportunity to share my culture with others and having that beautiful reception that embraces us all. The circle of life. Living and dying.