With pumpkin spice and sweater weather on the horizon, you know that summer is over and fall is finally settling in. One of the most celebrated - and one of our personal favorite - SoCal fall activities is Día de los Muertos. This year, we thought we’d join in the fun by hosting a weekend of free Día de los Muertos daytime activities as the final event of our 2019 season.
This two-day holiday (November 1-2) originating in Mexico thousands of years ago with the Aztec, Toltec and other Nahua people, who considered death as a natural phase in life’s long continuum. The dead were celebrated and seen as members of the community. Today, that belief still holds true as Día de los Muertos provides an opportunity for families to honor their departed loved ones by creating ofrendas (decorated altars).
Brightly colored marigold petals scattered around the altar and gravesite are used as a guide to help the wandering souls navigate to and from their families and places of rest. Calaveras or skulls (usually made out of sugar and colorful frosting) cover the altar as well and show that death is not morbid or scary, but rather a representation of the deceased being remembered in life. Favorite foods, drinks and photos also decorate the altars and are believed to encourage visits from those coming from the land of the dead to be with their family once again.
The Ford’s celebration of this sacred holiday takes place over two days with free daytime activities for the whole family all over the Ford’s entryway gardens and plaza spaces, produced by LORE Media & Arts. Starting at 10:00 am, Dia de los Muertos festivities include face painting, live music and storytelling, food, craft activities, live mural painting by father and son graffiti artists Such and Champ, and much more. Art panels and grand skull installations by such artists as Lalo Cota, Ricardo Garcia and Marisa H. Valdez, will be displayed, along with a mural by Lucretia Torva. Danza Balan Mictlan and Olivia Treviño Aztec Myths will perform.
Día de los Muertos at the Ford takes place on Saturday and Sunday, October 19-20 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Free. No reservations required. More info here.