ProyectoTeatro is pleased to invite the community to join us in the oldest celebration of our culture: "Day of the Dead". The celebration is a 2-day event that will take place in a cemetery illuminated in the middle of the night, full of color and mysticism to honor and worship our faithful departed.

This tradition, which is more than an event, is a ritual that connects us with our ancestors alongside their tombstones, fusing modern and pre-Hispanic rituals, creating an artistic atmosphere and a corridor to the underworld; Mictlan. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to experience the real "Day of the Dead" traditions!

We will first meet on Sunday, October 29 at the San Jose Cemetery to carry out fieldwork and prepare the cemetery, mowing the lawn and trimming the trees and bushes. The community cleaning will take place from 10AM – 6PM, so bring the entire family between those hours, for as many hours as you can. PS: Bring your gardening tools: mowers, shears, trimmers, saws, etc. We will be providing lawn bags for all the trash. 

We continue the traditions of “Day of the Dead” on November 2 with beautiful rituals and activities for the enitre community. Spread the word and join us!

DECORATING TOMBSTONES, 10 AM - 7 PM

One of the most iconic traditions of “Day of the Dead” is decorating tombstones. We will have more than 3,500 marigolds, manos de leon, and cockscomb flowers for the community to create arrangements and decorate more than 500 tombs at the San Jose cemetery. 

DOCUMENTARY, 7 PM

For all those who wish to know more about the beautiful traditions of “Day of the Dead”, we will be showing the documentary “Day of the Dead in Oaxaca”. 

BLESSING AND CANDLES, 7:45 PM

To begin the festivities, we will invite a spiritual leader and a priest to bless the sacred grounds and give our beloved departed a beautiful welcoming. As a community, we will light all the candles throughout the cemetery. 

ARTISTIC OFFERINGS, 8 PM

A number of artistic groups will embellish the night with dance, poetry, music and the traditional poetic “calaveritas” to adorn this ceremony. And of course, we cannot forget the traditional food! There will be café de olla, tamales, day of the dead bread and champurrado for all participants and guest! 

 

Date: 
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 10:00am to 10:00pm
Location: 
700 Montopolis, Austin, TX 78741
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