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Día de los Muertos Celebration at AC Hotel
November 3, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Prepare for Día de los Muertos in the AC Lounge with FREE face-painting, drink specials, and live music from 2-5pm!
– Face-painting by The Fairy Highlighter
– Latin guitarist Jose Martin Marquez
– Tequila Corazon sampling
– Celebratory cocktail: “Flor de Azucar” (Sugar Flower) – blanco tequila, jamaica syrup, lime, sparkling wine, grapefruit soda
SunLink streetcar passes are also available at the Reception Desk for $4 each, facilitating smooth and easy transportation to the Procession finale if you’re heading that way.
What is El Día de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead,” as it’s now known in the U.S.?
Despite the white faces and the skulls, it’s not meant to be a spooky holiday and it’s not Halloween. Also known as Día de Muertos, the celebration originated in central and southern Mexico. Those who celebrate it believe that at midnight on October 31, the souls of all deceased children come down from heaven and reunite with their families on November 1, and the souls of deceased adults come visit on November 2.
Families make colorful altars in their homes in honor of their deceased loved ones, and the altars are decorated with flowers, candles, their loved one’s favorite food and pan de muerto (a slightly sweet bread specifically made for this time).
The festivities continue in the cemetery, where families bring picnics, play music and sometimes even spend the night as a way to celebrate the lives of those who are no longer on this earth.
The inextinguishable tradition dates back 3,000 years, during the time of the Aztecs. It survived through the 16th century, when the Spanish arrived to central Mexico and thought the tradition to be sacrilegious. Instead of it being abolished, however, the celebration evolved to incorporate elements of Christianity, such as celebrating it on November 1 and 2 instead of on its original summer observance to coincide with All Saints’ or All Souls’ Day, a time to pray for departed souls.