San Francisco's Mexican Museum Celebrates Día de los Muertos As Part of Family Sunday
Learn the history behind Mexico's colorful Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) as The Mexican Museum celebrates this special day as part of its free Family Sunday event on October 27, 2013 from noon to 3:00 p.m.
Día de los Muertos festivities at The Mexican Museum will be led by members of Ensambles Ballet Folklorico de San Francisco, including a special, ongoing workshop from noon to 3:00p.m. In this workshop, museum guests will learn how to make decorative marigold flowers called "cempazuchitl," using yellow and gold tissue paper. These flowers will then be used to embellish paper "Calavera" skull masks. Attendees will learn about these unique Día de los Muertos symbols and why they are associated with this important holiday.
Ensambles Ballet Folklorico de San Francisco will also treat museum guests to special dance performances that are scheduled to take place at 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Museum Gallery. Ensambles Ballet Folklorico de San Francisco is made up of part-time artists who range in age from high school students with little dance experience to those with more than 10 years' experience. What the artists all share in common is a deep commitment to the tradition of Mexican folkloric dance.
In addition, The Mexican Museum will introduce guests to celebrated San Francisco author, Bob Barner, who has written two books about the Day of the Dead, entitled Dem Bones andDia de los Muertos. Barner, a regular presenter at Bay Area schools, will give a presentation about his books at 2:30 p.m. in the Museum Gallery. This popular, engaging and highly-interactive presentation involves the audience singing along with the books as Barner draws pictures and talks about Día de los Muertos.
Like all Family Sunday's, The Mexican Museum's special Día de los Muertos/Family Sunday event on October 27th is free and open to the public. Due to limited space, the public is encouraged to arrive early. Children must be accompanied by an adult.