Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts
OCCA and AARP Texas are co-hosting Festival de Calaveras - Celebrating Day of the Dead, in collaboration with the Latino Cultural Center. The event showcases the traditional Dia de Muertos calaveras literarias (literary skulls) and cuisine (traditional Day of the Dead food).
7 PM. Tasting of Traditional Dia de Muertos Cuisine will commence the evening. You will taste mole by Calhoun Family Catering, and tamales, pan de muerto by Catrina Grill, and other foods and Tequila and other drinks.
8 PM. Music for Remembering the Dead - the most beloved songs will be performed by entertainer/vocalist Marta Salazar.
Altar/Ofrenda. The centerpiece of Day of the Dead is the altar. Bring a photo of your loved one that have passed and add it to the community altar.
8:30 PM - 9:30 PM. Calaveras Literarias by Poet/Artist Nephtali De Leon. He will perform calaveras from his elaborate collection. Calaveras Literarias are poems written about living people. The calaveras poke fun at them and place them in funny situations. In the end, la Calaca or la Flaca, takes them away. It reminds us that we are mortal and should not fear death for it is an inevitable journey we must all take. Calaveritas by local poets/authors Tammy Melody, Gomez, Virginia Alanis, Sylvana Flores Avila, and Marta Salazar will also be presented.
Store/Tiendita. You may purchase Day of the Dead products, merchandise, and altar pieces for your home.
About Day of the Dead.
“The Day of the Dead (el Día de los Muertos), is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration. A blend of Mesoamerican ritual, European religion and Spanish culture, the holiday is celebrated each year from October 31- November 2. While October 31 is Halloween, November 1 is “el Dia de los Inocentes,” remembering/honoring the deceased infants/children, and also called All Saints Day. November 2 is All Souls Day or the Day of the Dead. According to tradition, the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31 and the spirits of children can rejoin their families on Nov.1. The spirits of adults can do the same on November 2.” (From IMBD.com) Calaveras are skulls that are created in several forms such as sugar skulls, skull painted faces, skull poems, Day of the Dead cuisines (pan de muerto, calavera cookies) and more.