In partnership with the Mexican Cultural Center and the Mexican Consulate of Philadelphia, Pa., Dia de Los Muertos features an enormous communal altar, created by local artists Cesar Viveros and Francisco Gorgua, where visitors are welcome to place a photo or a momento to remember the passing of a loved one. Tying into the United Nations proclamation that 2019 is The International Year of Indigenous Languages, this year’s altar honors the contributions that indigenous languages make to the world’s cultural diversity. The day is also filled with family-friendly activities such as tissue paper-flower making, face painting, contests for best costume and best community-made altar, along with live dance, storytelling, and musical performances.
11:00 am – Chinelos by Comparsa Union de Morelos
11:45 am – Storytelling: The Legend of the Cempasuchil Flower
12:00 pm – Azteca PreHispanic Dance by Kalpulli Kamaxtle Xiuhcoatl
12:45 pm – Storytelling: The Legend of the Xoloitzcuintle
1:15 pm – Folkloric Ballet by Yaretzi Dance Group
1:15 pm – Free samples of “Pan de Muerto” bread and Mexican hot chocolate
2:00 pm – Radio Jarocho/live music presentation
3:15 pm – Announcement of the winners for best costume and community altars
Part of the CultureFest! series, Dia de Los Muertos doubles as a prelude to the unveiling of the Penn Museum’s new Mexico and Central America Gallery during the Opening Weekend Celebration on November 16-17, 2019, which includes everything from interactive storytelling experiences to vibrant dance performances. The Penn Museum is located at 3260 South Street in Philadelphia. Visit www.pennmuseum.org or call 215.898.4000.