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Dia de los Muertos at South Broadway Cultural Center

This Day of the Dead event is full of history, tradition and entertainment

2019 Dia de los Muertos SBCC - Poster

Saturday, November 2, 2019 | Noon-5 p.m. | South Broadway Cultural Center 

South Broadway Cultural Center will continue the long tradition of celebrating Dia de los Muertos with a free, public event that features an art exhibition, performances, history and more.

History

Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead is a tradition that originated in Mexico and is still practiced among indigenous people there. It is connected to the Catholic holiday of All Saints Day celebrated worldwide each year. The Dia de los Muertos tradition focuses not on death, but on the lives of loved ones who have passed. Families visit grave sites where elaborate decorations and food are often placed. 

For years the South Broadway Cultural Center has invited families from around the surrounding community to create ofrendas (shrines/offerings) in the cultural center’s gallery. They often depict images of relatives and admired historic icons, and contain symbolic objects such as flowers, food and candles.

Entertainment Schedule

Performances in the John Lewis Theatre at South Broadway Cultural Center 

  • 12 p.m. - Introduction by emcee, Goldie Garcia 
  • 12:05 p.m. - Ehecatl Aztec Dancers 
  • 1 p.m. - Mariachi Tradicional 
  • 2: 10 p.m. - El Altar de Mi Abuelo - Bilingual play about ofrendas 
  • 2:40 p.m. Presentation by the Mexican Consulate 
  • 3:05 p.m. Ballet Folklorico Fiesta Mexicana 
  • 3:50 p.m. La Rondalla 

Cultural Experiences 

The art exhibition is comprised of a variety of ofrendas that local families have prepared for relatives who have passed and artwork by local artists. The art and ofrendas will be on display through Friday, November 22, 2019.

Kids can get their face painted like a calavera (skull) for free. Event-goers can purchase tacos, elote (Mexican roasted corn) and paletas (Mexican ice pop) from food trucks. Shop local from a dozen artisans with handcrafted items for sale. Classic cars will be on view in the parking lot and at the east main entrance of the cultural center.

Thank You Sponsors!

Daniels Family - Logo Mexican Consulate - Logo