20 Oct Day of the Dead Celebration
The season for painting faces and dressing in costumes continues during Day of the Dead! Your kids will love getting “cultured” at Nickel Plate Arts by celebrating Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) after school on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. This festive Mexican holiday with ancient roots honors and celebrates the memory of friends and family members who have passed away. Our version amplifies the artistic aspects of Day of the Dead to appeal to the young and young at heart.
Kids will explore Mexican art and culture by learning about the holiday’s traditions, participating in crafts ($5 each) and art making, and enjoying treats! Expect to get hands on in the creation of altars, laying out offerings, and sharing food, music and stories with loved ones. Our celebration will put an artsy spin on these popular traditions.
Admission to Day of the Dead at Nickel Plate Arts is FREE! No registration is required- just come by after school with the whole family!
Day of the Dead free Activities include:
Day of the Dead Masks
Sugar skulls represent a departed soul, sometimes had the name written on the forehead and was placed on the home ofrenda or gravestone to honor the return of a particular spirit. They are decorated vibrantly with whimsical patterns and adornments to represent vitality of life and individual personality.
Make Your Own Mariachi Band
Use provided instruments and costumes to create your own Mariachi band!
Get your face painted like a traditional Day of the Dead skull!
Create tissue paper marigolds, papel picados (delicately decorated tissue paper represents wind and the fragility of life), and other decorative offerings to contribute to the collaborative altar.
Day of the Dead $5 Activities include:
Altars are believed to welcome ancestors’ spirit into their home. The offerings placed on the altar used to celebrate the individual it’s been devoted to.
Votive candles or lanterns represent the element, fire which is believed to to be a light guiding the ancestral spirit back to visit the land of the living.
Flowers are used throughout the Day of the Dead festivities as their bright colors contribute to the vibrancy of the holiday. Marigolds are sacred during this celebration use their color and scent are believed to guide the spirits to their altars.