Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a two-day holiday celebrated in many Latin American countries; it’s a time to celebrate those who have passed. Traditionally, Nov. 1 is for welcoming the souls of children who have passed away, known as Día de los Inocentes (Day of the Innocents) or Día de los Angelitos (Day of the Little Angels). Nov. 2 is when the adult souls arrive. Those who celebrate Día de los Muertos often create altars honoring their loved ones who have passed away. They decorate the altars with candles, sugar skulls, marigolds, food, beverages and clothes. These offerings, or ofrendas, are gifts for the dead and are usually a combination of his or her favorite things.
Families are invited to celebrate Día de los Muertos at the Missouri History Museum. The celebration will feature altars that represent a variety of Latin American cultural traditions, live music, an art display, photo booth, food, face painting and more.
Families may also take part in a procession to celebrate Dia de los Muertos. Meet on the steps of the Missouri History Museum’s north entrance at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4. Visitors are encouraged to dress up and bring pictures of family and friends they wish to remember, or simply show up to participate. The procession begins at 3:30 p.m. After a quarter-mile walk through the park, guests will gather in the Lee Auditorium for a brief ceremony in which names and photos will be shared. To have your loved one’s photo and name included in the ceremony, please email [email protected] by Oct. 27.
Disfrute altares que representan una variedad de tradiciones culturales Latino Americanos, música en vivo, actuaciones, una exhibición de arte, una cabina fotográfica, comida, pintura de la cara, y actividades artísticas.
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