Dia De Los Muertos Festival: Honoring our Past, Celebrating Our Future
Retablos32 Exhibition Opening &
Blessing of the Altars
Friday, October 25, 2019
Saturday, November 2, 2019 | 11am-7pm
Sunday, November 3, 2019 | 11am-7pm
Retablos32 Silent Auction
Friday, November 8, 2019
What is Dia de los Muertos?
Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a uniquely Mexican festivity and Latin American tradition observed annually on November 1st and 2nd. Día de los Muertos is a culmination of pre-Colombian heritage and Catholic influence honoring the souls of the dead in a lively, cheerful celebration. Our ancestors and dearly departed are beckoned to return in a spirited show of music, dance, theater, visual art and most essentially through a display of altars, or ofrendas. Vibrant marigolds, papel picado, food, water, Christian Saints and symbols adorn heartfelt altars in hope that these honored souls might accept our invitation.
Now in its nineteenth anniversary, MECA’s event has flourished into a month long event of festivities. It features altar and retablo exhibitions, community workshops, and a two day festival boasting a variety of traditional foods from the Americas, authentic Latin American arts and crafts, and three performance stages. MECA’s Día de los Muertos: Honoring our Past, Celebrating our Future, is held at MECA’s colorful, art-filled campus located at the nationally recognized historic Dow School in the heart of Houston’s Old Sixth Ward. We hope you will join us for this vital community-wide cultural celebration.
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MECA Dia de los Muertos 2019 Presentation (download)