Events and Programs.
Day of the Dead Festival
November 1st– 2nd, 5:00 – 10:00 PM.
Come celebrate spirits who have passed. Activities will include face painting, mariachi and salsa bands, food trucks, and beer. The festival will celebrate Día de Los Muertos tradition with a display of altars to honor those who have passed. $5 admission, cash only, and free for children under 12.
The cornerstone of the Day of the Dead Arts Festival are the altar pieces, decorated for the spirits of those who have passed from this earth. In Hispanic culture spirits of the dead are remembered and believed to return to join the living who are holding vigil by their altar.
Culture Crafts: Flores de Papel - Nov. 7th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Learn how to make flores de papel (paper flowers) and take them home. Participants are encouraged to bring a family memento to share with the group. Supplies are provided.
Movie Night: Pixar’s Coco - Nov. 12th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM. The movie follows the story of Miguel, who embarks on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind his family history in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. Snacks will be available for purchase.
Round Table Discussion: Decolonization of Death - Nov. 16th, 6:30 – 8:30 PM. This interactive facilitated discussion will address how the Indigenous holiday of Dia de Los Muertos celebrates death in relation to our contemporary beliefs.
telatúlsa: Tulsa's Latino Theater - This Tulsa gem was founded in 2014 and is Tulsa's first and only Latino theater dedicated to creating evocative, Latino-based performance for diverse audiences. “Hamlet: el príncipe de Denmark” is a bilingual production that takes place during the Indigenous Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos in the midst of a colonization battle. Prices for the events below are on our
Dates for performances:
Saturday, 11/3 at 8pm, doors open at 7pm
Sunday, 11/4 at 2pm, doors open at 1pm
Friday, 11/9 at 8pm, doors open at 7pm
Saturday, 11/10 at 8pm, doors open at 7pm
Sunday, 11/11 at 2pm, doors open at 1pm
What is Day of the Dead?
Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a celebration held in Mexico and in Central American countries where family members commemorate their ancestors in a way that is different from customs in the United States. This important holiday is held on November 1 and November 2. It is a holiday that mixes parts of Roman Catholicism with Native American traditions that pre-date the arrival of the Spanish in the Americas.
Families often set up offerings or altars called ofrendas, either at home or at the cemetery. Throughout the Dia de los Muertos will remember their ancestors by honoring their memory, by feasting on foods (such as pan de muerto or calaveras de azucar), and playing or singing the songs which were favored by their ancestors. Some ofrendas are also decorated with marigolds and calaveras made of papier-mache.
The Altars of Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead celebrations is based on the belief that the souls of the ones gone can come back to this world on these days. The Day of the Dead altars is the most prominent feature in the celebration because they show the souls the way to their home. Altars make the souls (animas) feel welcomed and show them they have not been forgotten.
A traditional altar has some form of the following.
- Picture - A picture of the evoked relative is placed in the altar to make him present and revive his image.
- Flowers - The altar is decorated with fresh flowers as it is believed that their scent will make the returning souls feel welcomed and happy.
- Different Levels - In some areas altars are made with two levels that symbolize heaven and earth; in others they are made with three levels for heaven, purgatory, and earth; and there are places where altars with seven levels are placed, each of these levels represents the steps a soul has to make to get to heaven.
- An Arch - Symbolizes the entrance to the world of the dead. In the places where it's set, it can be made with flowers.
- Day of the Dead Bread - or pan de muertos is different in every region of the country and one of the most important elements in the altar as it is a fraternal offering to the souls in the Catholic sense.
- Candy Skulls - Sugar, chocolate or amaranth seed skulls represent the death and its every moment presence.
- Candies - Alfeñique (almonds paste) fruits, donkeys, angels and skeletons and all kind of homemade candies are set to treat the children's souls.
- Ornaments - Candleholders, incense burners, papier mache or clay figurines such as skulls or skeletons doing a certain activity or animals. In some areas, a clay Xoloitzcuintli dog is set in the altar to make the children souls feel good in their arrival to the fete.