Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a holiday that has been celebrated on November 1–2 in Mexico for many years and has gained a following recently in New Mexico. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember loved ones who have passed on, and help support their spiritual journey.
Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas; honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and their favorite foods and beverages; and by visiting graves with these gifts.
Whether you have long celebrated the holiday, or are just learning about it, here are few businesses and events in Santa Fe that honor this cultural tradition.
2017 Day of the Dead Events In Santa Fe
Dia de los Muertos is celebrated throughout the city each fall. Here are few events you might want to attend, participate and observe.
On October 27, Casablanca Studios will be having their “Dance for the Dead” Baile. The dance starts at 7 p.m. Come dressed in your best Catrina costume and enter the Catrina competition. “La Catrina” has become a symbol of Día de los Muertos and the Mexican willingness to laugh at death. Catrina is dressed as a wealthy 1800’s woman and is often flirtatious. To capture the Catrina look, check out this video…
There will also be Aztec dancers, food and drinks for sale.
Teatro Paraguas will also have theater performances be Aztec dancers, food and drinks for sale.will also have theater performances such as “Cuentos” brought to life on stage. Poetry, dances, music, events round out the bill. There will also be other Day of the Dead events on October 28, October 29 and November 1, 2017 along with theater performances featuring incredible local artists. Please visit their website for more information.
Traveler’s Market will be offering an exhibition and sale of Day of the Dead folk art. There will also be sugar skull decorating. Call 989-7667 for day and time.
A Santa Fe favorite, the Musuem of International Folk Art hosts “Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead at Museum Hill on DATE. Head over to decorate sugar skulls and make picture frames. Visitors are invited to bring a photo of a loved one who has passed away. Sample pan de muerto (bread of the dead). There will also be a skeleton/calaca face painting. Free admission courtesy of the Folk Art Committee and Friends of the folk Art.
Day of the Dead Shopping Experience
In the heart of Santa Fe is a special little shop filled with laughter and joy, enchantment and whimsy, sprinkled with a dash of irreverence. This shop, Doodlets is a Santa Fe favorite especially during the Dia de los Muertos season. This year they will be carrying sugar skulls made by a local artist.
¡Mira! is another of downtown Santa Fe’s fun shops to wander through and purchase Day of the Dead skulls and ephemera. The shop is located at 101 West Marcy. 505-988-3585.
Yippe-Yi-Yo is another Day of the Dead shop located off the historic Santa Fe Plaza. Here you’ll find muertos figurines and many brightly decorated skulls. The Catrina figurine is a favorite. The shop is located at 54 E. San Francisco Street. 505-988-2757.
Ortega's on the Plaza carries Day of the Dead sterling silver jewelry by artists Shane Casis, Gregory Segura and Tom Dewitt.
If you can’t visit Mexico for the Day of the Dead, you can absorb much of the culture and feel of this treasured holiday right here in Santa Fe! To plan your next trip during the observation of Dia de los Muertos in Santa Fe, order your official Santa Fe Travel Guide!
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