As many of you know, on Nov 1st we will be celebrating Dia De Los Muertos and here we tell you how you can celebrate it with us!
Dia de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead—is a holiday celebrated on November 1. Although marked throughout Latin America, Dia de los Muertos is most strongly associated with Mexico, where the tradition originated.
Dia de los Muertos honors the dead with festivals and lively celebrations, a typically Latin American custom that combines indigenous Aztec ritual with Catholicism, brought to the region by Spanish conquistadores. (Dia de los Muertos is celebrated on All Saints Day and All Souls Day, minor holidays in the Catholic calendar.)
Assured that the dead would be insulted by mourning or sadness, Dia de los Muertos celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties, and activities the dead enjoyed in life. Dia de los Muertos recognizes death as a natural part of the human experience, a continuum with birth, childhood, and growing up to become a contributing member of the community. On Dia de los Muertos, the dead are also a part of the community, awakened from their eternal sleep to share celebrations with their loved ones.
The most familiar symbol of Dia de los Muertos may be the calacas and calaveras(skeletons and skulls), which appear everywhere during the holiday: in candied sweets, as parade masks, as dolls. Calacas and calaveras are almost always portrayed as enjoying life, often in fancy clothes and entertaining situations.
Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos in Pittsburgh!
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS: A CELEBRATION OF LIFE SUPPORTING GLOBAL LINKS
Come in your most extravagant costume or dress in the DDLM colors of orange, red, yellow, purple or pink. Enjoy delicious Latin American cuisine from local chefs, your favorite cervezas, delicious vino and deadly delicious vodka punch. Guests can enjoy traditional art and decorate their own sugar skulls or dioramas to take home.
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November 1st and 2nd
Open House Blood + BOnes: Dia De Los Muertos Installations
Locacion: Mexico Lindo Mercado y Galeria de Artesania
2027 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15217
Main Events are:
Saturday November 1st
and Sunday November 2nd,
Both are from 5:00 pm ~ 8:00 pm:
View the ofrendas by candelight during Open House, with hot chocolate from Oaxaca, coffee from Chiapas, Pan de Muerto and cookies.
Presenting an installation of two ofrendas, or altars, to commemorate the Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos. In addition to honoring this years' many significant deaths, this will be the the 10th consecutive year of remembering military and civilians killed in the wars in the Middle East and the Mexican Drug Wars.
Many pieces that are featured in the ofrendas are the work of some of the Great Maestros of Mexican folk art.
As always, I also invite you to write a love letter to one that you love and miss to place near the ofrenda during the Open House.
The exhibit title, Blood + Bones refers to the necessity for cooperation between two seemingly separate worlds for a successful observation of Dia de los Muertos.
One is inhabited by humans, the other by the Dead, who are humorously and lovingly rendered in myriad folk art forms as cavorting skeletons enjoying their afterlife. I say seemingly separate worlds in accordance with my belief that the dead have in fact gone nowhere and are with us always, but on the days of the dead, when we make ofrendas, or or offerings ~to light their way home~ we often find communication to be much more easily perceived than at any other time of the year.
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS with La Escuelita Arcoiris
Join La Escuelita Arcoiris in a Day of the Dead celebration for all ages!
La Escuelita presents a Dia de los Muertos fiesta featuring a community ofrenda (offering), mask making, face painting, and live music!
Delicious authentic Mexican food will also be available for purchase! We will accept donations at the door.
Schedule of Events:
2 pm - Puppet Show
2:30-4:30 pm - Craft tables are open
2:30-4:30 pm - Live music!
4:40 pm - Kids Parade
1825 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219
Sale! Pan De Muerto (Bread of the dead) benefiting Casa San José
Pan de muerto is a relatively sweet yeast bread traditionally prepared and served during the Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos, translated as "Day of the Dead." It is usually prepared and sold or served in the weeks leading up to the holiday and is also featured in festivities on the day itself. Though different recipes can be used to prepare the bread, it is typically slightly sweet and often covered in a glaze or sugar after baking. It is usually shaped into hands, skulls, or other shapes associated with death.
Casa San Jose fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 2nd at St. Catherine church in Beechview. Each bread costs $1.50