Dia de los Muertos at Denver Botanic Gardens

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DENVER - It is believed the spirits of the dead visit their families on Oct. 31 until Nov. 2. Families make altars with a photo of the deceased, food offerings, candles, incense and yellow marigolds. Denver Botanic Gardens will celebrate this Mexican day of remembrance with festive activities including traditional Aztec dancing by Sabor Latino, a sugar skull workshop, sunset candlelight procession, face painting, costume contest and photo booth.

The Gardens observe the tradition through two adult workshops about altars and sugar skulls (Oct. 12 and 19) and a fun-for-all-ages celebration of Latino music, food, art and history on Nov. 1. All events take place at the York Street location.

Workshop: Día de los Muertos Altar Building
Saturday, Oct. 12, 1 to 4 p.m.
$42, $37 members (materials included)
In this hands-on class, participants learn the history of Día de los Muertos' altar customs. Creating altars is one of the most important Día de los Muertos' traditions in Mexico and in Mexican-American communities around the world. The class constructs a community altar, to be displayed at the Gardens' Día de los Muertos Nov. 1 event. Materials are also provided to build an altar at home. The workshop is led by Rita Wallace, a Mexican folklorist.

Workshop: Día de los Muertos Sugar Skulls
Saturday, Oct. 19, 1 to 3 p.m.
$42, $37 members (materials included)
In this workshop, Mexican folklorist Rita Wallace presents an introduction to the customs of Día de los Muertos, including the symbolism of the sugar skull. Participants make their own sugar skull and are given two sugar skulls and the materials to make additional ones at home.

Día de los Muertos
Friday, Nov. 1, 3-8 p.m.
$12, $10 member; $8 child, $6 member child, children two and under free
Denver Botanic Gardens' third annual celebration of Día de los Muertos features festive activities including traditional Aztec dancing by Sabor Latino, a sugar skull workshop, sunset candlelight procession, face painting, costume contest and photo booth. Attendees will also enjoy paper altars by Museo de las Americas, masks by Denver Art Museum and a community altar exhibition. Food and art will be available for purchase.

For more information: http://www.botanicgardens.org/events/special-events/d%C3%ADa-de-los-muertos

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