Evento Dia De L@s Muert@s

It’s that time again, the annual Wellington Zapatista Solidarity Group Day of the Dead event. All proceeds go to community directed education and health projects in the Zapatista municipality of La Garrucha. Muchas gracias to the musicians and everyone else involved – who are all helping out for free.

The Wellington Zapatista Solidarity Group invites you to join us for:

Celebraciòn Día De Los Muertos – Day of the Dead: A Celebration of Life

Saturday 6 November 2010

Street Procession

Mariachi, music, food, face painting and a traditional ofrenda

Meet 4pm at Wellington Museum of City and Sea


With Bella Cajon, Koledsky, Café Tango, Newtown Community Choir, Sudakanz, DJoe, DJ Cut Loose. PLUS tango lesson & demonstration with Viva Latina, spot prizes and more!

8pm til late at Ruby Lounge, Bond Street

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an annual festival observed throughout Latin America originating in pre Columbian culture which celebrates life by honouring the dead. It’s believed that on this day each year the spirits of the dead return to Earth to reconnect with the living, and re-experience the sensory world. Friends and family honour the deceased by celebrating in cemeteries, homes, and public spaces with food, flowers, music, and prayers. Colourful paper cut-outs called papel picado decorate churches and cemeteries. Fancy dress, especially skeletons and other deathly outfits, is the norm.

Ofrenda’s – or altars – often have a photo of the deceased, and are elaborately-decorated with flowers as well as objects, foods and drinks that the dead prized or enjoyed while they lived. It is believed that displaying their favourite things entices their souls to return to take part in the remembrance celebrations.

A traditional ofrenda will be on display at the Museum of Wellington City and all are invited to gather there from 4pm for face painting, music and food. A Mariachi will lead the procession, which will arrive at Ruby Lounge in time for the fiesta. Fancy dress is encouraged, as is colourful memorabilia of deceased loved ones.

This year the Ruby Lounge will host the celebrations: an evening of performances on the theme of life and death, from the Gyp-Hop-Ruski-Roots Reggae of Bella Cajon, to the glorious harmonies of the Newtown Community Choir and Koledsky’s rousing Gypsy, Polish, Mexican, and Middle-Eastern numbers.

Audience members are invited to take part in a short tango lesson with dancers from Viva Latina, and then show off their new moves on the dancefloor to the sound of urban latin ensemble Café Tango.

But the party doesn’t stop there. After the bands, DJs DJoe and Cut Loose will spin a heady mix of global beats to keep the dancefloor grooving til the wee hours.

All this for only $10 on the door, and all proceeds go direct to the Zapitista municipality of La Garrucha in Chiapas.

So bring your friends and join us for a celebration of life, death, and beautiful music!


4 Responses to “Evento Dia De L@s Muert@s”

  1. Sara Canseco Says:

    We may want to attend from 4 to 8pm. What will be going on during this time? Are children welcome?

    • floweroftheword Says:

      From 4pm there will be preparations for the street procession at the Wellington Museum of City & Sea. There will be music, food and face-painting – should be fun for the kids! You are also welcome to take part in the street procession.

  2. Sara Canseco Says:

    Thanks for the speedy reply! We are still deciding if we are going to come, as we do not live in Wellington….Hope to make it 🙂 Thanks again!

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