DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS

Published On: Oct 10 2012 02:05:10 PM CDT

Get your skeletons, maracas, picnic bags and party dresses out as the Children’s Museum of Houston pays homage to ancestors during El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration.  This Mexican holiday keeps the memory of loved ones alive.  People go to cemeteries to be with the souls of the departed and build private altars with their favorite foods, drinks, photos and stuff to encourage visits by the souls.  Then, the souls hear the prayers, and comments of the living are directed to them.  The Museum will host a special performance, “ofrenda” (or altar) and activities.  Day of the Dead falls on Nov. 2.

Spotlight Performance: Las Américas Ballet Folklórico. This traditional Mexican dance will get you moving your own skeleton and delight you with its colorful traditional costumes.
Event Time: Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. during Free Family Night.in the Brown Auditorium

Traditional Ofrenda: Check out a traditional, decorated altar with pan de muerto, sugar skulls and more!
Paper Cut Banners: Bright banners are a popular tradition in Mexico especially on this day. Design some at the Alexander Art Academy.
Skeleton Puppet: Make it bad to the bone! Design a quirky puppet at Junktion.
Calavera Mask: Masks have been used in Mexican rituals since pre-Hispanic times. Make a skull mask to wear during our event at Junktion.
Tissue Flowers: Marigolds are the traditional flowers used to decorate altars and graves. Make flowers to honor your ancestors at Junktion.