The Day of the Dead may seem a little spooky, but it’s actually a time to remember and celebrate your loved ones that have passed on.
One way to do this is by building an ofrenda, which is almost like a colorful altar, filled with your loved one’s favorite items, plus pictures of them and any other memories. Many believe that on Día de los Muertos (which is November 1st this year), souls of the lost loved ones can return from the land of the dead, and eat their favorite treats that their family left them on the ofrenda. It’s a way for past loved ones to connect with us again, and vice versa.
The Columbus Museum of Art is displaying their own ofrenda starting now until November 5th, built by local artist, Renee Zamora. Visitors are welcome to bring their memento to add to the ofrenda, such as a picture, memento, or anything else that celebrates someone special.
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There will be certain events on some days for families, as well:
- Community Conversation on Grief
October 29, 1:00–3:00 PM
Join CMA and community partners in an honest and meaningful conversation about grief, loss, healing, and the origins of Día de los Muertos. Guests are welcome to bring an object or photo to add to the community ofrenda to honor their lost loved ones.
- Día de los Muertos Family Day
November 4, 1:00–4:00 PM
Enjoy a family friendly afternoon at CMA celebrating Día de los Muertos with a participatory community ofrenda created by Renee Zamora, El Mercadito vendors, art activities led by Proyecto Mariposa, bilingual story time with Ellie Yorba, Lotteria, a photo booth, and creative time in Open Studio with guest artist Ebony Hernandez.
$5 general admission all day. Registration is encouraged.
- Día de los Muertos Community Celebration
November 4, 5:30–8:00 PM
Celebrate and learn about the rich history of Día de los Muertos featuring an opening ceremony and performance by The Taco Reparations Brigade, a participatory community ofrenda created by Renee Zamora, performances by Ballet folclórico Xochihua, El Mercadito vendors, Tarot readings by Carolyn Encarnacion, music, craft cocktails & tasty bites available from Casa Mezcal Mexican Grill.
Cost of the event is $10. Advanced registration is encouraged.
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