Events in Philly pay tribute to our departed loved ones
This Nov. 1 and 2, death — in the form of “la calaca” — arrives in Philadelphia to commemorate one of the oldest traditions in Mexico and Latin America.
The Day of the Dead will be the focus of several events around the city that will feature cultural elements of this celebration which aims to reunite the living with their loved ones who have passed away.
The tradition is centered around the idea that the souls of dead relatives return home to spend time with their living relatives. Nov. 1 is dedicated to "all saints" and the second to the “holy deceased."
Here are some options in Philly to pay tribute to those who no longer are with us but will always be remembered:
Penn Museum presents the third annual Day of the Dead Celebration on Nov. 1, with pageantry, traditional music and dance, storytelling and puppetry, paper maché artistry, sugar skull and mask making, face painting, special foods and more. Guests can view colorful altars (ofrendas) designed by regional community groups, and a large Day of the Dead altar created by local artist Cesar Viveros, along with the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia and the Mexican Cultural Center, the co-organizers of the event. It runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free with the museum’s general admission.
Fleisher Art Memorial: The Day of the Dead celebration includes a series of events and workshops scheduled through Nov. 2. Events include a residency with Francisco García and Carlos González; mask, sugar skull and flower-making workshops, and celebrations in the sanctuary and at 9th and Ellsworth streets. For additional details and registration visit www.fleisher.org
The Mütter Museum presents its 6th Annual Day of the Dead Festival. Decorate sugar skulls, enjoy traditional food and drink, make paper flowers and draw live models in Day of the Dead costumes, courtesy of Dr. Sketchy’s Philly. The all-day event at the museum free with museum admission.
South Street Headhouse District announced the resurrection of the Día de los Muertos Festival and Parade on Sunday, Nov. 2. The parade route begins at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, on 1020 South Street at 1:45 p.m., and ends on the 400 block with food, drink, art and family fun from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The parade and street festival are free, with food and drink pay-as-you-go. Musical guests include Mariachi Pedro Villaseñor, renown band Los Straitjackets, and folklore ensemble of Escuela de Música del Estado de Hidalgo.
For more information visit www.southstreet.com, follow @officialsouthst on Twitter or call (215) 413-3713.