El Día de los Muertos, or The Day of the Dead, sounds like a spooky holiday. Family, food, music, art, and fun are foremost on the agenda, however, with horror and fear noticeably absent. Back again to show everyone the proper way to celebrate the traditional Mexican holiday – that is, with a rollicking good time – the Figge Art Museum of Davenport, East Moline media group Hola America, and the League of United Latin American Citizens – Quad Cities (or LULAC QC) team up on Sunday, October 28th to host a free public event at the Figge from noon to 5 p.m.
This kid-friendly celebration includes traditional crafts like decorating sugar skulls and making tissue paper marigolds. Those familiar with the monarch butterflies’ ties to the Day of the Dead will already understand the significance of flowers and fruit on this holiday. Meanwhile, those of you needing to brush up on your lore can sit in on a storytelling session and check out one of the films about El Día de los Muertos playing in the auditorium. Then make a butterfly out of clay to leave at the community altar in memory of your lost loved ones.
El Día de los Muertos is unique in its seriousness as an ancient festival of myth and magic, a time to honor deceased relatives and reflect on the inevitability of death, combined with its joyful commemoration of past lives and observance of death as a new beginning.
The Glenview Mariachi Band and Ballet Folklorico will perform traditional music and dance while you sample Mexican staples of the holiday like pan de muerto, which is a sweet roll often colorfully decorated with sprinkles and bone-shaped accents.
Get your Catrina face paint (like the ladies pictured above) at one of several stations before the band plays at 4 p.m. and the hot tamales come out!
Bring your family and friends to enjoy a whole Sunday afternoon of FREE entertainment and rich tradition. The educational element is just a bonus – the kids won’t even notice they’re learning! Now is a critical time to focus on Hispanic and Latino contributions to our community and culture, and this community event would not be possible without financial support from Ascentra Credit Union and Group O.
Image credit: Hola America: http://holaamericanews.com/celebrating-day-of-the-dead-at-the-figge/