For many traditional Mesoamerican cultures, dying represents a continuation of this life in a different, parallel realm. Every year, these two realms connect in a celebration commonly known as Day of the Dead, a festivity with ancient, pre-Columbian roots. On November 2, MOA creates its own Day of the Dead Celebration. Ofrendas or offerings and altars for the deceased will be erected in the Haida house by local Mexican community members. Music will be provided by Mariachi del Sol, while storytellers and stilt walkers will contribute to the celebration. Chef Rossana Ascencio will speak to the importance of food in Day of the Dead celebrations, and Mexican hot chocolate and the traditional pan de muerto will be available for sampling.
This event is free with Museum admission.