Dia de Muertos – Oct. 26-27

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Join in a celebration of Mexico’s indigenous cultural roots and find out how immigrant communities have embraced the Pacific Northwest and made it home. Explore and experience the culture’s roots through live performances, foods, face painting and exquisite rituals. Decorate sugar skulls known as “calaveritas,” learn how to make paper flowers or participate in a myriad of other workshops and hands-on activities, view community altars and a cemetery or “panteón,” and march in a musical procession honoring the lives of loved ones who have passed.

You’ll find all these any more at an extraordinary festival, Seattle Center Festál presents Dia de Muertos – A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed, 11 am – 7 pm Oct. 26 and 11 am – 6 pm Oct. 27, in Seattle Center Armory. This “Day of the Dead” festival celebrates the art and spirituality of Mexican culture; and in 2013 features the celebration’s indigenous roots, “Rebirth in Ce Atl!.” The opening ceremony showcases Mexica dancers from Ce Atl Tonalli. This event is open and free to the public.

Dia de Muertos – A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed is produced in partnership with Dia de Muertos Committee and Latino City Employees for the first time this year. For more information on the festival, visit diademuertosfestivalseattle.org. Click on www.seattlecenter.com or call 206 684-7200 to learn more about Seattle Center Festál and other outstanding public programming offered at Seattle Center.

Photo credits:  Alan Krell