Phoenix’ Desert Botanical Garden will once again celebrate Dia de los Muertos with ongoing festivities, classes and exhibits. Dia de los Muertos is a colorful Mexican and Native tradition that honors and celebrates departed loved ones in a festival setting. Enjoy entertainment that will bring the history of this holiday to life via song, dance and storytelling.
Experience the Desert Botanical Garden’s interactive altar, a display honoring Día de los Muertos, the Garden’s past and present, and the act of gardening. Devour delicious Mexican food & pastries, available for purchase, and shop for beautiful Mexican art in the Garden’s Mercado.
The Garden’s Dia de los Muertos Celebration takes place Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3, 2013, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To enhance your experience and understanding of the Día de los Muertos Celebration, the Garden is offering special additions to the festival:
Exhibition of Offrendas
October 31 – November 3, 2013
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Daily
Included with Garden Admission
Ofrenda or Offering, in the traditional Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos, is created to remember the dead and to honor ancestors. A special spot in the home is customarily selected to put photographs, flowers, decorations, lit candles and the favorite food and drink of those who have passed away. This act of preparing an altar of offerings to the dead helps transform grief into acceptance. In Arizona, the making of portable Ofrendas to be displayed for exhibition has become an urban form of contemporary cultural expression. These altars recently have been made to address social issues and as memorials to victims of violence. Expand your knowledge of Día de los Muertos through the beauty and creativity of Ofrenda installations by 10 local and renowned artists. All installations are original pieces that have been created specifically for this exhibition.
Cuisine and Culture of Día de los Muertos
Thursday / October 31 / 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Member: $50 / General Public: $62
Pre-registration required at dbg.org
This interactive experience fuses cultural tradition and demonstrates the important role that food and drink play in the holiday. A historical presentation on Dia de los Muertos will be given by Zarco Guerrero followed by a meal prepared by Silvana Salcido Esparza and Barrio Café staff.
Afternoon Procession – La Procesión
Sunday / November 3 / 5 p.m.
The festivities of Día de los Muertos at the Garden will culminate with La Procesión. The ancient indigenous tradition of marching as a community to ancestral burial sites honors those who have gone before us. The procession will express the holiday’s rich cultural legacy with vibrant color, deep symbolism, pageantry and a blend of music and dance. Starting from three central locations – Boppart Courtyard, Stardust Foundation Plaza and Ullman Terrace, the procession will work its way through the Garden to the exit, where participants will be invited to leave offerings at the Garden’s community altar
General Garden Admission Rates: $18.00 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for students (13-18 years-of-age and college with proper ID), $8 for children 3-12 years-of-age. Children under 3 years-of-age and Garden members are admitted free.
For additional information call 480-941-1225 or visit www.dbg.org.
Information provided by the Desert Botanical Garden