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Día de los Muertos Celebration

Nov 3, 2018

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Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a traditional celebration that joyfully commemorates life after death by honoring ancestors and family members who have passed.


For more than 3,000 years, indigenous people in Mexico practiced the tradition of celebrating death as a natural part of the life cycle. When the Conquistadors stumbled upon the Aztec Indians practicing this ritual, they believed it was a mockery of death. The Spaniards wanted to make this ritual more Christian, so they moved the dates to coincide with All Saints Day and All Souls Day (Nov. 1 and Nov. 2), when they believed the spirits of the dead visited their families.


On this day families make altars and place ofrendas, or offerings, of food and other gifts on them, such as pan de muertos baked in shapes of skulls, papel picado, candles, incense, yellow marigolds and, most importantly, a photo of the dearly departed.


Bring your family and friends to celebrate this colorful, heart-­felt tradition at the Gardens! Now in its eighth year, this traditional Day of the Dead celebration offers fun for the whole family.


Día de los Muertos costumes are encouraged.


Featured Activities:
Children's crafts
Live art demonstrations (weather dependent)
Lucha Libre (weather dependent)
Cultural entertainment and demonstration
Costume contest
Face painting available for purchase