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Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos Día de los Muertos at Denver Botanic Gardens

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a traditional Mexican celebration that is a joyful remembrance in which death is recognized as a natural part of the cycle of life. More than 500 years ago, when the Conquistadors came to what we know as Mexico, they stumbled upon the Aztec Indians practicing a ritual that seemed to mock death. For more than 3,000 years, the indigenous people had been practicing the tradition of celebrating life after death. The Spaniards wanted to make this ritual more Christian, so they moved the dates so that it would coincide with All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day (Nov. 1 and 2) which is believed when the spirit of the dead visit their families.

On this day, in Mexico, families make altars and place ofrendas (offerings) of food such as pan de muertos baked in shapes of skulls, papel picado, candles, incense, yellow marigolds known as cempazuchitl (also spelled zempasuchil) and, most importantly, a photo of the departed soul is placed on the altar.

Bring your friends and family to celebrate with the Gardens! Día de los Muertos costumes are encouraged.

Call for Community Altars - Denver Botanic Gardens is seeking individuals and/or groups to create and display an altar onsite at for our Día de los Muertos event. This is an opportunity to pay homage to deceased loved ones (adult and children)—family, friends, ancestors, devastated communities, or those in the military who gave their lives. Altars will be displayed Monday, Oct. 20 – Sunday, Nov. 2. Here is the application. Applications due no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3.

Date:
Saturday, November 1, 2014

Time:
9 a.m. - 3 p.m., last entry 2 p.m.

Admission:
Included in Gardens' admission, free for members. Advance tickets are recommended.

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Schedule:
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Traditional Día de los Muertos activities and crafts (while supplies last)
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Various craft vendors
9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.: $5 face painting
11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.: Procession led by La Danza Guadalupana Matachina

Entertainment and activities are included in admission.

No ATM on location.

Education Classes (please register for these classes):
Making Sugar Skulls Workshop - Friday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Pumpkin Carving for Dia De los Muertos - Saturday, Oct. 11, 2-4 p.m.
A Day with La Catrina - Sunday. Oct. 19, 1-2:30 p.m.
Family Workshop: Traditions of Dia de los Muertos: Sugar Skulls - Sunday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or 1:30-4 p.m.

For more information about this event, please email specialevents@botanicgardens.org

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