Día de los Muertos is observed on November 1st and 2nd in many countries across Latin American. The celebration is the result of a blending of Catholic Spanish traditions with Indigenous customs and beliefs. It is believed that on Día de los Muertos the veil between the spirit world and real world is lifted long enough for the souls of the deceased to reunite with their families and friends. Those who celebrate Día de los Muertos welcome home the spirits of lost loved ones with music, food, offerings, and other colorful visuals traditions that vary from country to country and region to region.
In honor of Día de los Muertos, we have developed a series of lesson plans that celebrate several of the visual traditions unique to this colorful Latin American holiday. Join us in making a tapete de arena like the ones found in Oaxaca, México, in crafting a barrilete inspired by the giant kites that soar over the cities of Santiago Sacatepéquez and Sumpango, Guatemala, or in designing a myth-based costume worthy of La Calabiuza in Tonacatapeque, El Salvador. Although celebrated at the same time of year, Día de los Muertos is not Latin American Halloween; it is a time for remembering lost loved ones and for honoring Latin American history and culture.
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5 pm – 7 pm
Free Community Event
The National Hispanic Cultural Center will hold its annual Despedida (Farewell) to celebrate Día de los Muertos with music, poetry, and hands-on art at this time-honored community gathering. This is a great event for all ages. Tour the ofrendas around the NHCC campus and enjoy music, poetry, traditional hot chocolate mexicano, pan de muerto, and the sharing of heartfelt memories.
Día de Muertos is an annual traditional holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and many Hispanic communities. Join the NHCC and experienced, knowledgeable local artists to learn about the meaning of this celebration, the traditional arts and crafts associated with the celebration and development of ofrendas that honor families and individuals.
For more information please call 505-246-2261.
Free community event
1:30 – 3:00 pm
You are invited to a special lecture and book signing!
Join artist and author, Ann Murdy, for a discussion of her book, On the Path of Marigolds: Living Traditions of Mexico’s Day of the Dead / En el camino de los cempasúchitles: Tradiciones vivas del Día de Los Muertos de México with Dr. Tey Marianna Nunn, Director of the NHCC Art Museum. The discussion will be followed by a book signing with the author.
About the Author
Ann Murdy is an award-winning photographer who has been taking pictures of México’s Day of the Dead and other celebrations since 1991. Her photographs are in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, the photo archives of the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe, and the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City. She has a B.A. from Chapman University in Orange County, and also B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute.
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5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Salud y Sabor, a partnership between the Agri-cultura Network, Street Food Institute, and the NHCC, is a free evening of food, art, and entertainment aimed at providing families with an opportunity to connect around nutrition, cooking, healthy lifestyles, and culture.
Once a month, community members gather for cooking demonstrations using fresh, locally grown ingredients, as well as fun art activities for kids and adults, health screenings, and live entertainment. An emphasis is placed on exploring traditional Hispanic dishes, providing basic information/free screenings from local Western and alternative health practitioners, and creating a vibrant atmosphere with art activities and live music. In most months, free samples of local produce are available.
This month’s theme is Chocolate/Chocolate–Dia de los Muertos.
For more information on Salud y Sabor, contact David Torres at 505/246-2261 or email him DavidM.Torres@state.nm.us
Free public event
Thank you to our Día de los Muertos presenting sponsor Western Sky Community Care and to our supporting partners Nusenda Credit Union and the Latin American & Iberian Institute.
10 am to 5 pm
Each year the NHCC works with schools and community organizations to host an Ofrenda (altar) Installation, in celebration of Día de los Muertos. Participants submissions will be on display will be in the Domenici Education Building and the Roy E. Disney Center for Performing Arts October 16, 2017 to November 10, 2017.
For more information or questions please call or email Elena at ElenaD.Baca@state.nm.us or 505-383-4734
Free community event
Thank you to Holman’s USA for sponsoring all of our Día de los Muertos activities!
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The National Hispanic Cultural Center is pleased to offer children’s programming on the first Saturday morning of every month. This is a fun and engaging docent and artist-led family program. Families (limited to 25 participants) get a 30-minute museum tour focused on an art form, source inspiration, artist or type of material. Following the tour, the whole family can create their own artwork in the Pete V. Domenici Education Building Messy Classroom.
A great morning of art-making for children of all ages and families of all sizes!
Please pre-register using the link HERE (so we know how many materials to prepare)
For more information please call or email Elena Baca at 505-246-2261 or ElenaD.Baca@state.nm.us
Free, $5 donations are encouraged to support the artists & purchase supplies
This and all other Dia de los Muertos events at the NHCC are generously sponsored by Holman’s USA.