26 Oct Day of the Dead Celebration 2018
With Disney/Pixar’s 2017 release of the movie Coco, the traditional Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, has become better known in the U.S. and overseas. Coco conveys to viewers of all ages a sense of how colorful and festive the holiday is while also providing a cultural backdrop. The Eiteljorg Museum has partnered with Nopal Cultural, a local Latino arts organization, to help celebrate Día de los Muertos so that everyone can experience the festivities that go into Día de los Muertos. The free all-day community celebration takes place Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. It will include art, music, live dance performances, and much more.
Día de los Muertos originated in Mexico and now is celebrated elsewhere in Latin America, in the U.S. and in countries around the world. The holiday celebrates the lives of deceased loved ones. Tradition holds that the souls of the dead come back to visit with their loved ones who are still living. This holiday’s festivities typically last from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, where families might set up small ofrendas (altars) in their homes to honor deceased relatives and friends. These ofrendas are decorated with items such as cempasuchil (Mexican marigolds), candles, photos, religious symbols, food (such as pan de muerto or bread of the dead), papel picado (cut paper), as well as any other personal items that the deceased souls would enjoy on their visit.
The Eiteljorg is pleased to share a full day of free events for the whole family to enjoy to help share this culturally significant holiday. Visitors will be able to see for themselves traditional papel picado decorations and our Community Alter Exhibition full of ofrendas built by Nopal Cultural and local artists and organizations. There will also be live performances through the day by Meztlí Cultural, John Alvarado from Classical Music Indy, Anderson Ballet Folklórico presented by Meztlí Cultural, Xochitl, Indianapolis Women’s Chorus and Ballet Folklórico Mosaicos. The event culminates with the Catrina parade, a festive fashion-show-type presentation with participants wearing elaborate costumes and skeleton face paint.
During the celebration at the Eiteljorg, there will be hands-on activities such as a photo opportunity with dress-up clothes, tinmaking with our artist in resident Richard Gabriel Jr., writing notes for the ofrendas, crafting paper cempasuchiles, printmaking with Chicago artist Ricardo X. Sement and more. Make sure to plan a visit to experience for yourself this great Mexican holiday. And since admission is free on Oct. 27, be sure to see the rest of the Eiteljorg Museum exhibits.