La Ofrenda: Special Open House - A homage to Día de Los Muertos

La Ofrenda: Special Open House - A homage to Día de Los Muertos

November 03, 2019
3:00pm to 5:00pm
1135 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Join the Philadelphia Folklore Project one last time at La Ofrenda, an altar installation by Cesar Viveros with inspiration and input from South Philly's Mexican community, as we close out this epic program with an homage to Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

In honor of this holiday, to which home altars are so significant, Cesar Viveros and team cleverly adapted the La Ofrenda exhibition to include various seasonal elements including, hand-made sugar skulls, pan de muerto, symbolic orange marigolds, and La Calavera Catrina!

As such, we ask you to join us in honoring this tradition through joy, remembrance, and festivities! Our celebration will begin with a procession, followed by an Aztec dance performance, and a special open house at La Ofrenda.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Typical Día de Los Muertos treats will be served!

More about La Catrina:
A uniquely Mexican character, La Catrina’s ubiquitous presence in Día de Muertos is due to the work of artist Jose Guadalupe Posada (creator) and world-renowned muralist Diego Rivera, who painted a dressed-up version in a mural, thereby popularizing the skeleton (or goddess of death according to the Aztecs) as part of the Mexican celebration La Catrina not only represents the way death is understood and coped with (often with a touch of satire), but also death itself- which is considered a natural part of the human life cycle.

More about the Day of the Dead:
The Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Los Muertos) is a holiday celebrated across Latin America and in parts of Europe and the United States. Particularly popular among communities of Mexican heritage, the multi-day festival convenes family and friends to remember and pray for their loved ones who have passed on, a practice that supports their spiritual journey in the afterlife. Día de Los Muertos is not a day of sadness, but a day of celebration; on this day, those who have passed on are able to be present and celebrate with their family.