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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Philadelphia Museum of Art Celebrates Dia De Los Muertos 10/28/2015

On October 28, 2016, the Philadelphia Museum of Art celebrated Dia de los Muertos, a Southern and Central Mexican celebration that coincides with All Soul's Day, to commemorate the dead. Mexicans believe that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children, called angelitos in Spanish, are allowed to reunite with their families for twenty-four hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them. Like with Halloween, All Soul's Day, Diwali, and many other cultural celebrations, the altars are decorated with colourful flowers, toys, hot chocolate, colas/sodas/pops, and alcoholic drinks for the adults. Sugar skulls also add a beautiful touch to the alter.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art debuted their new exhibit, Painting the Revolution, on October 28 and it was fitting that Art After 5 would celebrate Dia de los Muertos with the band Jarana Beat. What fun; we were all dancing and singing, even the dancers dressed as Sugar Skulls were dancing with us. One of the women wanted to take a selfie with me, so we had fun taking selfies. I also had a picture taken with the other dancers and the band. With the beat and jovial festivities, it was not hard to dance the night away. We definitely celebrated Dia de los Muertos in fashion and it was nice to experience it in Philadelphia, though I would like to go to Mexico some day to celebrate with the locals.

The one sugar skull girl wanted a selfie! What fun!

With all of the performers!

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