Día de los Muertos Family Festival
November 2 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
All ages can enjoy FREE come-and-go activities at The Grace Museum at this year’s Día de los Muertos Family Festival!
Ballet Folklorico Performances | Community Ofrendas | Sugar Skulls | Papel Picado | Book Readings | AND MORE!
HOLIDAY HISTORY & TRADITIONS
Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a holiday observed throughout Mexico and Central American and South American regions. The celebration emerged with Spain’s colonization of Mesoamerica as indigenous beliefs and practices adapted to Catholic ones. On November 1 and 2 each year, families and friends joyfully celebrate their loved ones who have passed. Some people commune with their ancestors in a liminal space, while others enjoy an annual remembrance of their loved ones. Common practices include setting up ofrendas–altars with the deceased’s photos and favorite things–and making the iconic sugar skulls that have become synonymous with the holiday. Calacas (decorative skeletons) adorn celebrations and Catrinas paint their faces as Día de los Muertos applies humor to what would otherwise be a rather solemn observance of the dead.
This project is supported by a grant from the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, and HeARTS for the ARTS.