Halloween festivities continue in Downtown Clearwater today with a Día De Los Muertos or “Day or the Dead” celebration at Station Square Park, 612 Cleveland St., Friday, October 28, 2022, from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy live music, traditional dancers, decorations, activities and a showing of the Disney Pixar movie, Coco. This is a free event!
The event is presented by the InterCultural Advocacy Institute’s Hispanic Outreach Center and the Clearwater Downtown Development Board
More info: downtownclearwater.com/halloween
Prizes will be given to the best:
Altar of the Dead
Best Catrina costume or Catrin
Best Frida Kahlo Costume
The Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos or Día de los Muertos) is a holiday traditionally celebrated on November 1 and 2, though other days, such as October 31 or November 6, may be included depending on the locality. It largely originated in Mexico, where it is mostly observed, but also in other places, especially by people of Mexican heritage elsewhere. It’s portrayed as a holiday of joyful celebration rather than mourning. The multi-day holiday involves family and friends gathering to pay respects and to remember friends and family members who have died. These celebrations can take a humorous tone, as celebrants remember funny events and anecdotes about the departed.
Traditions connected with the holiday include honoring the deceased using calaveras and aztec marigold flowers known as cempazúchitl, building home altars called ofrendas with the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these items as gifts for the deceased. The celebration is not solely focused on the dead, as it is also common to give gifts to friends such as candy sugar skulls, to share traditional pan de muerto with family and friends, and to write light-hearted and often irreverent verses in the form of mock epitaphs dedicated to living friends and acquaintances. Source: Wikipedia
Día De Los Muertos Celebration
Station Square Park
612 Cleveland St., Clearwater
Friday, October 28, 2022
5 to 8:30 p.m.
Feature photo courtesy of Brian Penny on Pixabay
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