October 25, 2014
3-5 pm: NiÃ±os Activities
Celebrate Day of the Dead with your children with hands-on activities, face painting, a smelling station featuring scents used in traditional Mexican cooking and celebrations, storytelling, and live music at 4pm by Fernando Tarango.
5-8 pm: Day of the Dead Celebration
Keep the celebration going with more face painting, traditional dancing, Mariachi performance, folkloric characters El Catrin and La Catrina, and appetizers and cash bar by Salsa Grille.
$1 admission per person (this price is good all day). All ages are welcome to both parts of this event!
The celebration is considered a festive time when family members remember and honor their dead and the continuity of life. A series of artist and family-made altars fill a FWMoA gallery leading up to the holiday, often honoring deceased loved ones or groups of individuals who have died for a cause or as a result of persecution or injustice. Common symbols include colorful skeletal figures, laughing in the face of death, or the glamorous Catrina, based on a famous etching by Mexican printmaker Jose Guadalupe Posada, which depicts a female skeleton dressed in aristocratic styles of Europeans of her time. This figure satirizes those Mexican natives who Posada felt were over imitating European traditions of the aristocracy in the pre-revolutionary era. Celebrate this community-centered exhibit that features traditional Mexican altars with sugar skulls, colorful tissue paper cutouts, and photos of deceased relatives to honor the souls of the departed. The Day of the Dead, an ancient religious celebration that originally honored children and ancestors, has evolved from a blend of Meso-American and Christian cultures, and those traditions come to life with this celebratory exhibition featuring memorials created by artists, families, and community groups from throughout the region.
Questions? Contact Erin Friend, Manager of Special Events at email@example.com or call Ms. Friend at 260.422.6467.
Big thanks to all the sponsors who make this event possible!