Mexico NATION DAY - Day of the Dead Celebration

Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 11:00am - 4:00pm
University of Pennyslvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

The Mexican Cultural Center, the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia, and the Penn Museum present this Day of the Dead celebration. Enjoy Mexican culture and the rich traditions of Día de los Muertos at this family-friendly afternoon filled with music and dance, puppetry and storytelling, and arts and crafts.

The centerpiece of the afternoon, presented in the Museum's majestic Rotunda, is a traditional Day of the Dead altar created by artists from the Mexican Cultural Center and the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia, built just for the celebration, with dedications to those who died placed upon the ofrenda (altar). Groups invited by the Mexican Cultural Center display smaller altars, which compete for prizes.

Free with Museum admission.

Come in costume! Costumed guests under 12 receive half-price admission to the celebration. Guests dressed in a Day of the Dead-themed costume such as La Catrina, or as a traditional Mexican icon like Frida Kahlo can join the parade and costume contest!

Day of the Dead Celebration Schedule
12:00 pm Family Gallery Tour: Focus on the Afterlife
12:30 pm Traditional Aztec dance performance by Cenzontle Cuicatl Aztec Dance Crew
1:00 pm Ballet Folklorico Yaretzi presents folk dances from across various regions of Mexico
2:30 pm Mariachi singer Pedro Villaseñor, accompanied by the dancers of Ballet Folklorico Yaretzi
3:00 pm Family Gallery Tour: Focus on the Afterlife
3:30 pm Winner of Altar Contest Announced
Throughout the Day
Traditional Day of the Dead altars, designed by community groups
Centerpiece Day of the Dead altar in honor of muralist Rufino Tamayo (1899 – 1991)
Face painting
Craft stations: skull masks and paper flowers
Meet Lady Catrina and other giant puppets
Beginning at 1:00 pm
Sugar skull decorating
Pan de muerto and Mexican hot chocolate (while supplies last)
Mexican-inspired lunch menu in the Pepper Mill Café

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