Día de los Muertos Celebration returns this Saturday to the Phinney Center

by | Nov 3, 2022

Our neighborhood’s Día de los Muertos Celebration will honor the dead and celebrate life this Saturday November 5th from 11 am to 3 pm. Local poet and teacher Raúl Sánchez will lead a dedication to the deceased at our community ofrenda. Bring photos and mementos before or during the event.

Our traditional Mexican celebration features performances by CeAtl Tonalli, Bailadores de Bronce, Grupo Folklorico Citlali, and preschoolers from Jump On Languages. Enjoy craft activities and purchase food and drink from local taquerias Luna Azul and La Conasupo.

There will also be a raffle to support the PNA’s community programs. Prizes include a basket of Mexican goodies, gift cards to La Conasupo and El Chupacabra, and a T shirt and sugar skulls from La Conasupo.

Schedule

11 am: CeAtl Tonalli Aztec Dancer

Dancing, drumming, and singing in the upper lot, followed by a dance procession with the audience around the neighborhood and back to the center for a final dance and closing.

12 pm: Altar dedication by Raúl Sánchez

Raúl Sánchez is a poet and teacher and the current Poet Laureate of the City of Redmond. He has created the ofrenda (altar) since 2010.  The altar‘s role is central to Día de los Muertos. People are invited to bring their photos and mementos of loved ones to place on the altar. Bring items before the event to the Phinney Center Blue Building (6532 Phinney Ave N) to be incorporated during the building of the altar, or bring items when you arrive at the event.

12:30 pm: Bailadores de Bronce

This Mexican folkloric dance group performs in and around Seattle.  The richness of the culture can be seen in the beautiful costumes from the various regions of Mexico. The high energy and enthusiasm of the dancers transcends the stage and is felt by the audience during their performances.

1:30 pm: Grupo Folklorico Citlali

Grupo Folklorico Citlali was established in 2012 by their teacher, Lauren Robles. Their dancers ages range from 5-20. Their mission is to share their passion of dance and the Mexican culture with each performance that they do.

2:15 pm: Jump On Languages

Preschool students will sing traditional songs in Spanish.


Crafts & Activities

Get a temporary face tattoo and then take a photo in the DIY photo booth. We’ll also have arts and crafts, including beading, paper flowers, and coloring pages.

Teachers from Jump on Languages will lead a Día de los Muertos-themed story time from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Poet Raúl Sánchez dedicates the altar (ofrenda) that he created for the Día de los Muertos celebration. Photo: David Inman

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