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November 1, 2020
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November 1, 2020
The Maplewood Division of Arts & Culture, together with Cross Cultural Works, and the MAPSO Latinx community invite you to The Day of the Dead/Dia de Muertxs Celebration, at the Woodland on November 1st, 2020. In this Cultural Celebration of one of the most colorful and meaningful days of the year, we will pay homage to our ancestors, as well as, this year, honoring those who have died from COVID-19 and Black Lives lost at the hands of police brutality.
Originating in Mexico and celebrated throughout the world, The Day of the Dead is where family and friends gather to reflect on and pay tribute to loved ones who have passed on. It is believed that during this time, their souls return home to live with living relatives and to be nourished by the essence of the food and drink offered to them on the altars. Traditions connected with the holiday include building altars using sugar skulls, marigolds, and favorite foods of the deceased to celebrate their lives. Come to learn the special meaning of each object on the altars!
While Halloween focuses upon the grisly or frightening aspects of death and the dead, The Day of the Dead is a celebration of their lives, a happy occasion to honor and remember loved ones who have departed this life. Despite its name, Day of the Dead is considered cheerful event rather than one of mourning.
The Day of the Dead Community Celebration will be held November 1st, 2020 in the Woodland West Side Patio. There you will have the opportunity to enjoy activities, listen to traditional music, including the Mariachi Academy of New York. To fully participate in this joyous occasion, bring pictures of loved ones, marigolds, and pan de muerto, a traditional Mexican sweet bread, to add to the altars. This event is free with registration; families can register for ONE of the following hour slots: 1pm-2pm, 2:30pm-3:30pm and 4pm-5pm.
With COVID-19 Guidelines, all guests must register, wear a mask, and maintain social distance at both the Craft Day and Community Celebration. Free Registration: https://maplewood.recdesk.com/Community/Program