What is Dia de los Muertos?
Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a holiday traditionally celebrated throughout Latin American countries in remembrance of loved ones who have passed away. It is celebrated mainly in Latin American countries such as Guatemala, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Haiti and many more! It begins the midnight of October 31st; Typically, the 1st of November is the day to honor the souls of the children & the 2nd of November is for all other souls.
How is it celebrated?
Altars are put up with decorations such as candles, cempasuchil (marigolds), pan de muerto, water, food, and other items to commemorate the dead. Sugar skulls decorate the altar in remembrance of los difuntos, however, the decoration and set up varies between countries and people. Guatemala makes huge kites called barriletes to celebrate the day of the dead. Many Latin American countries go to the cemetery to visit the difuntos where they clean the tombstones and stay over night.
RRC & Dia de los Muertos
The RRC Arte y Cultura interns host many workshops related to Dia de los Muertos such as:
- DIY Sugar Skulls
- Barrilettes Workshop
- Setting up a community altar
- DIY Cempasuchil
- DIY Papel Picado
- Calabiuza contest
- and many other!
Some of these workshops occur before Dia de los Muertos and before the RRC Dia de los Muertos Celebration/Festival! During the Dia de los Muertos Celebration/Festival we have seen all sorts of workshops, performances, and food! We have had baile folklorico perform, photobooths, facepainting, and much more!
Keep an eye out for these workshop series towards the end of October and beginning of November!