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Free events for Dia de los Muertos at Doral Yard

Ancestral celebrations

Day of the Dead originated in Mexico and other pre-Columbian societies of Mesoamerica. Cultural traditions connected with the holiday include honoring the deceased with food, dance, music, crafts, prayers, and Aztec marigold flowers to mark the remembrance of friends and family members who have died.

Festivities for the annual Día de Los Muertos Ancestral Celebration include free events with registration at the Doral Yard, noon-8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30. RSVP here.

Schedule of activities:

  • Noon – 4 p.m.: Sugar Skull Station; learn to make an offering for an ancestor with Afro-indigenous traditional artist Renee Chavez.
  • 2 p.m.: Ghost Dance celebrates the passage through the veil between the living and the dead with Caribbean-influenced performer Catherine Hollingsworth, accompanied by trumpeter Stuart King as the Ghost Band.
  • 2:30 p.m.: Baile de Muerto features Afro-Cuban Timba with Miguel Hernandez.
  • 3 p.m.: Stories of My Ancestors. Prepare the Sacred Altar with Paloma Duenas, a Mexican multidisciplinary artist.
  • 3:45 p.m.: Sugar Skull Station. Make a sugar skull offering and light a candle for an ancestor.
  • 5:15 p.m.: Día de los Muertos. Take a journey through the Afro-Mexican folklore genres, complete with Fandango, presented by the Ameyal Folklorico Ensemble.

The Doral Yard, 8455 NW 53rd Street, suite 106, Doral. 305-744-5038. Located at the corner of Main Street and Paseo in downtown Doral.

Image by RociH / Pixabay

See also: Dia de Los Muertos at CityPlace Doral 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Fountain Plaza.

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