September 13, 2010


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John Sallot

Experience Día de los Muertos, a colorful Mexican and Native tradition that honors and celebrates departed loved ones in a festival setting. Enjoy entertainment that will bring the history of this holiday to life via song, dance and storytelling. Experience the Desert Botanical Garden’s interactive altar, a display honoring Día de los Muertos, the Garden’s past and present, and the act of gardening. Devour delicious Mexican food & pastries, available for purchase, and shop for beautiful Mexican art in the Garden’s Mercado. The Garden’s Día de los Muertos celebration takes place Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31, 2010.

To enhance your experience and understanding of the Día de los Muertos Celebration, the Garden is offering special additions to the festival:
Ofrenda Offering
October 21 - November 2
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Daily

Ofrenda or Offering, in the traditional Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos, is created to remember the dead and to honor ancestors. A special spot in the home is customarily selected to put photographs, flowers, decorations, lit candles and the 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. In Arizona, the making of portable Ofrendas to be displayed for exhibition has become an urban form of contemporary cultural expression. These altars recently have been made to address social issues and as memorials to victims of violence. Expand your knowledge of Día de los Muertos through the beauty and creativity of Ofrenda installations by 10 local and renowned artists. All installations are original pieces that have been created specifically for this exhibition.

Cuisine and Culture of Día de los Muertos
Thursday / October 28 / 6 – 8 p.m.
Member: $45 / General Public: $55
Pre-registration required at dbg.org.

Día de los Muertos is a holiday honoring our lost loved ones. This tradition is a way to enjoy memories of ancestors by celebrating their favorite foods, music, pastimes and accomplishments. Cuisine and Culture of Día de los Muertos provides an interactive experience that fuses the cultural traditions with the important role cuisine plays in the holiday. The evening will feature a presentation on the history of Día de los Muertos – by Zarco Guerrero, followed by a dining experience – by Silvana Salcido Esparza. Presentation, meal and one tequila tasting for guests 21 and older are included with ticket price. Cash bar available serving beer, wine and margaritas.

Afternoon Procession – La Procesión
Sunday / October 31 / 5 p.m.

The festivities of Día de los Muertos at the Garden will culminate with La Procesión. The ancient indigenous tradition of marching as a community to ancestral burial sites honors those who have gone before us. The procession will express the holiday’s rich cultural legacy with vibrant color, deep symbolism, pageantry and a blend of music and dance. Starting from three central locations – Boppart Courtyard, Stardust Foundation Plaza and Ullman Terrace, the procession will work its way through the Garden to the exit, where participants will be invited to leave offerings at the Garden’s community altar.

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, October 30 and October 31, 2010
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Desert Botanical Garden
1201 North Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ  85008
COST: Garden Admission Rates: $15.00 for adults, $13.50 for seniors, $7.50 for students (13-18 years-of-age and college with proper ID), $5.00 for children 3-12 years-of-age.  Children under 3 years-of-age and Garden members are admitted free. 
INFO: For additional information call 480-941-1225.

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