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Dana Terrazas – Director of Marketing
Phone: 480 481.8101
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Phone: 480 481.8102
On November 4&5, Desert Botanical Garden celebrates its 15th Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration by welcoming visitors to this two-day family-friendly festival that explores the meaning of the Day of the Dead holiday. Enjoy music and dance performances, crafts, face painting, and a Mercado filled with handcrafted art, jewelry and other wares. Enjoy a paleta, contribute to the Community Altar, and end the day with a procession through the Garden. The festival is included in the Garden’s daily admission and is a must-see event.
Día de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead—is a holiday that originated in Mexico and is celebrated throughout Latin America, and the Southwestern United States. Día de los Muertos honors the dead with lively celebrations.
The Garden’s festival ends each day from 5 to 6 p.m. with La Procesión, a march through the Garden by all the performers and audience members that concludes with a traditional burning of sorrows. La Procesión represents the ancient tradition of marching as a community to burial sites in order to honor those who have passed on and is a treasured highlight of this annual event.
Another must-see during the festival and on display at Desert Botanical Garden from Oct. 27 to Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. is the Ofrenda exhibit. Ofrendas, or Offerings, are part of the traditional Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos. Ofrendas are created to remember and honor the memory of ancestors and loved ones that have passed. The act of preparing an altar for the dead helps transform grief into acceptance. Traditionally, the altars are adorned with photographs, flowers, decorations, candles, food and drink. This year, 12 local artists create Ofrenda installations that explore the impact of water issues and celebrate the element’s vital connection to all living things.
WHERE: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008
COST: Garden Admission Rates
Children $12.95 (3-17)
Children under 3 are free.
INFO: For additional information call 480 941.1225 or visit www.dbg.org. All festival programming subject to change. Part of the Garden’s Fall Festivals, and is sponsored by SRP, Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine and KTVK.
About Desert Botanical Garden
Desert Botanical Garden is the largest botanical garden in the Southwest featuring 55,000 plants from across the world. The Garden allows visitors to experience the beauty desert like never before. For 78 years, the Garden’s commitment to the community is to advance excellence in education, research, exhibition and conservation of desert plants of the world with emphasis on the Southwestern United States.