Esther Short Park in Vancouver, Washington, is coming alive with the rich and meaningful traditions of Día De Muertos.
Luminarias Dia De Muertos, organized by the Vancouver Ballet Folklórico, invites the community to experience beautiful luminarias, traditional Mexican dancing, live music, guest artists, catrinas and activities for all ages. The event bridges cultures and honors the spirits of the departed.
Here are the details about the weekend event.
Luminarias Dia De Muertos at Esther Short Park
On Saturday, October 21, from 2 to 8 p.m., this cultural celebration promises a day filled with love, remembrance and lively festivities at Esther Short Park.
The schedule unfolds with a diverse array of activities:
- 2-3 p.m.Opening Ceremony: Huehca Omecoyan takes the stage with a proclamation and land acknowledgement.
- 3-4 p.m. Musical Marvels: Mariachi Mexico En La Piel graces the audience with live music, creating an atmosphere of celebration.
- 4-5 p.m. Campeche and La Paz Norte dance performances showcase the diversity and beauty of Mexican culture.
- 5-6 p.m. Dance of the Soul: The Veracruz somber dance and the symbolic burial of sadness pave the way for the energetic Veracruz fiesta dance, expressing the cyclical nature of life and death.
- 6-7 p.m. Catrín and Catrina Contest and the Ne Plus Ultra Jass Quartet sets the musical backdrop for a Quinceañera dance performance, capturing the essence of Mexican coming-of-age celebrations.
- 7-8 p.m. The event culminates with an invitation for everyone to dance with Los Internacionales. It’s a lively and spirited way to conclude a day filled with cultural richness and community connection.
Community ofrenda (altar):
Throughout the event, community members are encouraged to participate in an ofrenda by sharing photos, notes, and other offerings to honor and remember their loved ones who have passed away.
Admission and Location
Luminarias Dia De Muerto is a free event, open to all ages. The event is outdoors and will continue as scheduled, rain or shine. Seating in the park is very limited. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs to use on the lawn.
Esther Short Park is at 605 Esther Street in Vancouver Washington. For more information, visit Vancouver Ballet Folklórico’s website.
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