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El Dia de los Muertos at Cheekwood

Deadly Delights


We hate to rain on your parade, but that so-called life of yours won't go on forever. That's right—you'll be dead someday! Unlike our death-phobic culture, many societies choose to embrace the natural cycle of life, facing the inevitable end squarely in the face. The traditional Mexican holiday El Día de los Muertos offers a chance to remember the dearly departed (legend has it that on this day, it's easier for souls of the dead to communicate with us), to contemplate the fleeting nature of life and, most importantly to embrace the moment. Cheekwood's El Día de los Muertos celebration features a ton of activities, from a scavenger hunt, numerous art projects, Spanish Bingo, bilingual museum tours, storytelling and performances by Mariachis Alma de Mexico, Serenatta, Aztec Dancers, Grupo Folklorico Hispanoamericano, Kazique, Corazon and the San Rafael Trio. Food providers include U.S. Border Cantina, La Hacienda, Las Paletas and more. Nine area schools will participate in a tapete (“carpet”) display and competition: Working with guest artist Jairo Prado, the students will create murals on the sidewalks in chalk, a temporary medium. After all, nothing—not even you—will last forever.
Sat., Oct. 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2009

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