Dia de Muertos
Day of the Dead
Día de Muertos On Central Avenue
November 4th, 2023
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1120 Central Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66102
Face Painting - 11:00am - 5:00pm
Food, Art, Ofrendas, Car Show - 12:00pm - 9:00pm
Live Entertainment - 2:00pm - 6:00pm
VIP Lounge - 2:00pm – 8:00pm
Walking Catrinas - 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Parade - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
All fun ends at 9:00pm
Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures.
The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to ask for the wellbeing of and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.
Prior to Spanish colonization in the 16th century, the celebration took place at the beginning of summer. Gradually, it was associated with October 31, November 1 and November 2 to coincide with the Western Christian triduum of “Allhallowtide”: All Saints' Eve, All Saints' Day, and All Souls' Day.
Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called “Ofrendas”, honoring the deceased using “Calaveras”, Aztec marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.
Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess “Mictecacihuatl” The holiday has spread throughout the world, being absorbed within other deep traditions for honoring the dead.
It has become a national symbol and as such is taught (for educational purposes) in the nation's schools. In 2008, the tradition was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
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