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Day of the Dead/Dia De los Muertos Celebration this Sunday!

Posted in Announcement, Event with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2009 by floweroftheword

dayofthedead09revised*The Wellington Zapatista Support Group invites you to join us for:


*Day of the Dead: A Celebration of Life** *Sunday Ist November 2009 –

two events!*


*4pm MUSEUM OF WELLINGTON CITY AND SEA* (Queens Wharf Jervois Quay)


*OFRENDA and Face-painting/Preparation for the STREET PROCESSION*

through Wellington’s streets to *Bar Bodega* (departs 6PM)


*7.30pm **BAR BODEGA *101 Ghuznee Street.


*DIA DE LOS MUERTOS* *Fiesta – featuring: Bella Cajon, Julie Bevan,

Carlos Naverrette, Te Kupu, Sam Kelly, German Renthel, and other

performers – **plus music, poetry, dance, and SPOT PRIZES!!*


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 is 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.


In recent years Mexicans living locally have brought this festival alive

for New Zealanders, and once again invite Wellingtonians and visitors

alike to share in their celebrations of this traditional cultural – and

colourful – event.


At *Museum of Wellington City and Sea/Te Waka Huia o Nga Taonga Toku Iho

*there will be a *Traditional Ofrenda *on display*, *as well as

*Face-painting and Preparation for the Procession.*


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.


This year’s ofrenda is dedicated to Emiliano Zapata, Commandante Ramona,

Subcommandante Marcos, and the people of Honduras. It will be on display

from 4pm, and remain in place 1- 7^th November. (Photo of Diego Rivera

Ofrenda in Mexico City in 2006 attached, as an example)


There will also be face-painting and preparation for the street

procession, which will leave at 6pm. The public is encouraged to join

in, wear fancy dress, and carry colourful memorabilia of deceased loved

ones. The procession will wind through Wellington streets to end at *Bar



Inside *Bar Bodega (*$10 cover charge) there will be performances* *on

the theme of life and death by a variety of acts, from poet Mercedes

Webb-Pullman to musicians such as Bella Cajon and Te Kupu, to Latin

dancers, and more.


All proceeds from the Bodega event will go to the community of La

Garrucha in Chiapas, Mexico.