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12th Annual

Día de los Muertos

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November 1, 2014 - November 2, 2014 | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Garden is celebrating its 12th annual Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, with a variety of activities. Join us for this colorful tradition, celebrated throughout the American Southwest, Latin America and Mexico, that honors departed loved ones in a festival setting.

Take part in entertainment that will bring the history of the holiday to life through song, dance and storytelling. Visit the Ofrenda exhibition constructed by local artists, try delicious food and pastries, and browse through beautiful art and jewelry for purchase in the Garden’s Mercado, all while enjoying the incredible atmosphere of the Garden.

Attending the Celebration

  • Entrance to  Día de los Muertos is included with paid Garden admission. Become a member for unlimited annual admissions.
  • Free for members with current member ID card.

Entertainment & Activities

 

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Exhibition of Ofrenda 

October 24 - November 2 / 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Daily
Webster Auditorium

Ofrenda, or Offering, is part of the traditional Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos. A special spot in the home is customarily selected to put photographs, flowers, decorations, lit candles and favorite food and drink of those who have passed away. This act of preparing an altar of offerings to the dead helps transform grief into acceptance. View original Ofrenda installations by local Arizona artists that have been created specifically for this exhibition. Learn more.




Ofrenda - 2013

Cuisine and Culture of Día de los Muertos

October 30 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Members: $55 | General Public: $69

RositasPlace_Restaurant.jpgJoin us for a delicious evening as we unveil the secrets and cultural traditions of Día de los Muertos. This event features Zarco Guerrero, acclaimed multimedia artist and community art advocate, discussing the history and customs of the holiday, followed by a sit-down dinner catered by Rosita’s Place—called by reviewers the most authentic Mexican food in Phoenix. A folkloric dance presentation will conclude the event in grand style.


Guests will receive a welcome margarita upon arrival. Cash bar available serving beer, wine and margaritas. This program is sponsored by Rosita’s Place Fine Mexican Food.

El Mercado

Throughout weekend

1.1 DDLM Festival_2.jpgVisit with local and international artists and vendors at the Garden’s Mercado. From paintings, sculptures, and photographs to traditional pastries – discover elements of the American Southwest, Mexico, Latin America and beyond. 
 

La Procesión

November 2 | 5 p.m.

Dia de los Muertos.jpgThe Día de los Muertos festivities at the Garden concludes with La Procesión or Procession. La Procesión represents the ancient tradition of marching as a community to burial sites in order to honor those who have passed on. This year, La Procesión will feature new elements as well as the traditions of placing candles at the memorial triptych, honoring loved ones, and enjoying traditional music and dance.
 

Questions?

  • Call 480.481.8188, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Visit the Admissions Box Office 8 a.m. -8 p.m. daily


All activities are subject to change. This event will be photographed/videotaped for promotional purposes.

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