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National Museum of Mexican Art’s Second Annual Day of the Dead Chicago

01.11.16

National Museum of Mexican Art’s Second Annual Day of the Dead Chicago.

National Museum of Mexican Art’s Second Annual Day of the Dead Chicago is my first of its kind here. The weekends during Halloween time and Day of the Dead are full of events and activities for all families.

What is Day of the Dead at the museum?

The public submits applications to build an altar for their loved ones. I heard that next year there will be no restrictions and I am excited to see what these folks will come up with. It is a celebration of life and honoring those loved ones who left this earth. I want to give a very special thanks to Evelyn González for letting me interview her and express the importance of this event to her and her family. She was honoring her brother José Juán Durán. She, like most of the other participants, built altars and displayed their loved one’s pictures, some of their belongings, items they liked to eat, read, and do on their free time. I saw many creative altars, as you will be able to see in my YouTube video.

Individuals come in their favorite “Muerto” design on their faces and creative outfits. Mariachi is playing and featured in my video are the soothing sounds from The Holly Cross Marimba Ensemble. There are sponsors giving away “pan de muerto” and hot chocolate to warm you up on those chilly Chicago days.

Dress Attire

You should definitely come dressed in warm attire but play along and come with your face painted. Red flowers are a very big part of the festivities so wear some on your head. It really is a lot of fun and I hope to see you there next year.

Please head on over to National Museum of Mexican Art for more information.

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